Plans to transform the derelict site beside Watt’s Garage filling station on the Ballynure Road in Ballyclare, creating 25 jobs, have been given the green light by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
The plans include two new units and a restaurant, along with improvements to the existing petrol forecourt with the creation of additional parking, improved traffic flows and access to the post office, ATM, paypoint, convenience store and hot food deli.
New ultra-fast 150kw electric charging points will also be installed, the first of its kind in the area.
Family-run Watts Garage, which was established 67 years ago, has designed the development closely with the council to enhance the area.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Cllr Stephen Ross said: “I welcome this £2m investment in Ballyclare. This project will complement the Council’s revitalisation projects and enhance the gateway to Ballyclare.
“It will also provide up to 25 full and part time jobs with a further 20 jobs being created during construction.”
Managing director Daryl Watt said: “This £2m investment reconfirms our confidence in the Borough. This refurbishment work is only possible thanks to the support from our loyal customers over the past 67 years and we hope that this project will enable us to continue to support our community into the future.”