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It’s a full house for Rushmere with last of the units to be filled!

It boasts half a million square feet of retail space and will shortly be 100% let!

Rushmere Shopping Centre’s success in Craigavon shows no sign of letting up, as two more major retailers have now come on board and will be opening shortly.

And as Armagh I recently reported, two new restaurants have been given planning permission.

It means that, when all is complete by next year, some 200 new jobs will have been created.

The first of the new tenants is CEX – the entertainment exchange experts – who will be opening in the coming weeks.

This will be the chain’s sixth outlet in Northern Ireland. It specialises in electrical, technology and entertainment goods, including video games, DVDs, consoles, phones and tablets, allowing customers to buy used items at knock-down prices and others to sell their unwanted items in return for cash.

CEX – whose other stores include Lisburn, Coleraine, Belfast and the Buttercrane in Newry – will open a unit almost 2,000 sq ft in size.

Also opening in time for the festive rush is Uberfone, the phone ‘fix-it’ specialists.

In fact, it has confirmed it will open new outlets at three shopping centres before Christmas.

It will become the final tenant to complete Rushmere’s retail offering, and others will be located at Castle Court in Belfast and the Ards Shopping Centre. It already operates in the Abbey Centre, Bloomfield, Fairhill and the Buttercrane in Newry.

The new outlets add to other recent additions at Rushmere, namely Pandora, Skechers, At The Studio, Clockwork and Carphone Warehouse.

Rushmere centre manager Martin Walsh said trade had been very strong recently and, with the new lettings filling the last few units, the centre can “look forward to overall performance increasing even further in the run-up to the festive season”.

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