Eurospar will be the anchor tenant at a new supermarket and shop development complex in Culmore.
Construction work is already well under way at the new Ballynagard Shopping Centre, located just off the main Culmore Road between Derry and Muff.
The Journal has learned that those behind the new development hope to have it ready for occupation between Easter and into to the early Summer.
They also said that interest in the development has been “overwhelming” with all ground floor units pre-let and Eurospar as the anchor trader.
Other proposed tenants include a pizza and hot food takeway and retailers.
Letting agent, Charlie Gallagher of Oakland Estate Agents said: “This landmark development will provide a much needed and ‘state of the art’ shopping experience for the Culmore area and beyond.
“Whilst all of the ground floor units have already been taken up, there is still extensive first floor accommodation which can be sub-divided to suit the needs of any potential tenant and there will be lifts installed.
“Interest has already been shown by a dentist surgery, hairdressers, a business consultancy and an IT company and there is still space available for other interested parties.”
Mr Gallagher said the development will have “excellent on-site parking facilities and a high profile road frontage on a main arterial route from Derry to Donegal”.
He also urged any interested party to record interest as soon as possible.
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.
It is expected that the new site will be accessed off the main road at Ballynagard.
The construction work is being undertaken by local firm, KWG (the Kevin Watson Group).
SDLP Councillor for the Culmore area, Angela Dobbins, said local people were keen to see which premises would be opening on the site.
She said: “There is a Centra shop in the Magnet complex. It’s a local shop and does employ local people and it is supported by the community, and a larger supermarket such as Eurospar will accommodate the wider area from the bridge to Muff and I’m sure it will prove to be convenient for people in the region and will hopefully, along with the other developments, bring more local employment to the area.”
Colr. Dobbins said she hoped that local residents will be kept abreast of developments on the site and consulted over the plans in the weeks ahead.
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, Lisnagelvin and Buncrana Road, with some already having planning permission.