Derry’s newest shopping complex could be open for business within the next month, the man overseeing the development has revealed.
Cornelius Ward, Contracts Manager with the Kevin Watson Group said that they expected to finish construction work at Ballynagard Shopping Centre by next weekend.
Tenants have now been confirmed as a large Spar store, Bradley’s Chemist, Bridie’s Takeaway and Paolo’s Pizzas.
There are also a number of first floor units to be let.
Mr Ward said: “We are nearly finished. The hoarding is down and the building is almost ready.
“As regards the units, the end users, the retailers will be doing the internal fit-outs themselves.
“Our works are to be completed by next Friday, 1st May, and I would imagine some of the retailers could be trading in around four weeks.”
He added that the complex had around 50 car spaces to the front and a loading bay for deliveries to the rear, and worked well with the road network as it was accessed off the Ballynagard Road and not the main Culmore Road.
The development has been described as having “excellent on-site parking facilities and a high profile road frontage on a main arterial route from Derry to Donegal”.
The new complex is situated on previously vacant land between Thornhill Park and Ballynagard Road, close to a number of existing local businesses including The Magnet Bar, a Centra Store, Chill Off License, pharmacy and post office.
The Culmore development follows years of campaigning by local people for more resources for the Culmore village and region.
A number of other sites across Derry have been earmarked for multi-use development, including Northside, Crescent Link, Pennyburn Pass, and Buncrana Road, with some already having planning permission.