Peacocks clothing giant to return to Derry city centre

The former Peacocks store was located in Waterloo Place in the lower city centre.
The former Peacocks store was located in Waterloo Place in the lower city centre.

Fashion retailer Peacocks will this week open a new store in a Derry shopping centre, more than two years after it closed its doors in Waterloo Place.

Thirteen jobs have been created at the new Derry store, which opens at the Richmond Centre in Derry this Thursday, October 2nd.

The first 20 customers through the doors on the day will get a £30 golden ticket to spend in-store on the opening day.

A spokeswoman for Peacocks said they were excited to be returning to the city.

She said: “Peacocks is a family value retailer and our customers love to shop on local high streets.

“Peacock’s has chosen a familiar, friendly location for people in Londonderry.

“As a business we are committed to supporting local communities and developing high streets.”

The Derry store is one of 50 being opened by Peacocks this year.

“The brand new stores are bright and fresh, with a buzzing atmosphere and gorgeous collections are merchandised to show off the brand new autumn range,” the spokeswoman said.

She added that at recent store openings some customers have queued from 5am in order to get their hands on a Golden Ticket.

Peacocks was founded 130 years ago by Albert Peacock in 1884, when it was a penny bazaar.

The company went into administration in February 2012 and the Derry store was one of a number that was closed down as a result.

It was bought over by the Edinburgh Wollen Mill group in 2012, and there are currently 450 stores across the UK, as well as stores in Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Malaysia.