Regeneration of local supermarket provides Gateway to the Mournes shopping experience

Regeneration of local supermarket provides Gateway to the Mournes shopping experience

EUROSPAR Clough has undergone an expansion and refurbishment which brings an entirely new shopping experience for the village.

The revamped store provides a supermarket, food-to-go and a visitor information point that provides a ‘recharge, refuel and refresh before experiencing the wonders of the Mournes’, all under one roof.

The supermarket has officially reopened to serve the community as well as those passing through, often heading for a day out to the Mourne Mountains.

Henderson Retail operates the store under the management of local man Ryan McCaughan and his team of 38, after five jobs were created with the expansion.

The all-new supermarket not only provides hundreds of new product lines across 30 bays of fresh foods and more than 100 bays of groceries for shoppers to pick up on every visit but has an entirely new food-to-go offering for those looking for something for now.

Food to go

Ryan commented: “The refurbishment of the store has been designed with local shopper missions in mind, those who are looking for groceries for the week to make meals at home, and those who need something now, whether that be a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch to go.

“We have considered both locals and visitors, considering our store is on the main route to one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful tourist attractions, it’s great to have a fantastic EUROSPAR supermarket with a range to cater for every need on that road.

“EUROSPAR provides market leading special offers with its 12 Deals of Christmas campaign and over a thousand products price matched to Tesco to provide even more value for local shoppers.

“Those travelling to the Mournes often want to stop off for snacks to fuel their walks, so we have a new seating area and two Barista Bar coffee machines now serving flat whites and luxury hot chocolates alongside tea, cappuccinos, americanos and lattes.

“We have a whole new proposition of food-to-go options from rotisserie chicken to gourmet sandwiches, a salad bar and hot food portioned for later, plus treats from Mauds ice cream and SPAR bakery, all in an easily accessible store with increased parking and a 4-pump MAXOL forecourt to add to their convenience.”

Post office

The Post Office is still available in-store providing essential services, while there are now two self-service check outs for greater efficiency.

The supermarket, which has been dubbed the Gateway to the Mournes by its team, also hosts information on the local attractions, enhancing all that the area has to offer.

Fresh is a top priority for EUROSPAR Clough which houses over 30 new fresh bays of local produce, alongside a new SPAR Bakery concession with all products freshly baked in store daily.

Ryan Cope, the local butcher, heads up the Castle Meats butchery counter in store providing a range of fresh cuts and tips and recipes on how to use his locally sourced products.

Mark McCammond, Retail Director at Henderson Retail, said: “This is a whole new supermarket experience for the community of Clough. We have aisles of locally sourced fresh foods from artisanal suppliers and local brands, which sit alongside our own-brand ranges, The CHEF, Greengrocers and SPAR enjoy local, all of which are made up of produce from local farmers and suppliers.

“We have listened to our shoppers and know what is needed in the local area, and that is what EUROSPAR Clough brings thanks to its enhanced offering as well as acting as a hub not only for the local community, but for visitors.”

EUROSPAR Clough has a fantastic legacy of supporting the local community, and no more so than over recent months.

“When the pandemic hit, we donated a sanitising station to Orchard Grove, the local organisation supporting people with learning difficulties, while also getting out and about around the area doing litter picks as more people were out enjoying our beautiful surroundings, and we wanted to keep them beautiful!” Ryan said.

“We’ve donated high visibility vests to Orchard Grove for their evening walks and engaged with the local Cumran Primary School who have decorated the store with their fantastic drawings and colours for our official opening. Our fundraising for Cancer Fund for Children continues, and we recently raised £1,200 during our Go Yellow Spinathon day.

“Supporting our community and local groups and organisations is really important to our entire team and we all get involved with different campaigns and initiatives. Now we have the additional space and team members, we look forward to engaging even more in the future.”

EUROSPAR Clough was officially opened by pupils from Cumran Primary School earlier this month. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday, 6am to midnight.

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