The announcement of 30 new jobs as part of a £3.5m investment in a Derry entertainment venue has been warmly welcomed.
The new posts will be created at a state-of-the-art seven screen 3D cinema complex at Pennyburn Industrial Estate.
Operations Manager, Caoimhin McClafferty, said the move at the Brunswick Cinebowl, formerly known as Brunswick Bowling Alley, was an “exciting development” that would yield much needed employment in the city.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who supported the planning application for the new Cinebowl, said: “This exciting new complex provides another outlet and more leisure and entertainment choice for families in Derry. It also provides extra job opportunities for people in the city. That is why I supported this project in its early stages.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Michael Cooper said the new investment will boost the local economy said the move can “only be good news” for Derry. “There have been a large number of job losses over the past few years so every new job brought to this city is valued. It will give a welcome boost to the Derry economy and will also help the other businesses in the area,” he added.
Mr McClafferty said “The transformation from Superbowl to Cinebowl, we feel, is the natural evolution for the complex. “It is our goal to deliver an unrivalled entertainment destination for the city and, in doing so, create much needed jobs in the process. It is also a strong reflection on the success of the current operations in the city and the skills of the local workforce.”
The manager added: “We anticipate initially to be creating in the region of 25 to 30 new positions ranging from senior management, supervisory, box office, concession hosts and screen hosts to cleaning positions.” He said that the new development - which will include a seven screen, all digital, 3D cinema - will elevate the complex to an entertainment destination “never seen before” in the North West.
The recruitment process has begun and the company expects to open the new complex on July 15.