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Gary Mills, Chief Operating Officer (Lynas), John Ferris, Property Director (Keneagles Ltd), and Pamela Minford, Center Manager (Castle Mall). Credit: Castle Mall

Castle Mall (UK) welcomes new anchor tenant

Northern Ireland-based Lynas Food Outlet will open its doors in late Autumn, with works due to start middle of May 2022 to restructure part of the mall to facilitate the large 790 sq m store.

A new anchor tenant has been announced for Antrim Town’s Castle Mall, following its acquisition by local owners, Keneagles Ltd in August 2021. The Lynas Food store will be accessible from the central carpark, enhancing the exterior wall of the scheme, which has remained untouched since opening its doors in 1980. Mascott Construction will be carrying out the building work.

The sizeable new food outlet is part of the family-owned wholesaler’s ambitious expansion plans to reach 18 stores by 2024 and will carry new product lines. Lynas Foodservice Chief Operating Officer, Gary Mills said: “Antrim is going through a huge regeneration and with more investment in the town center and additional family homes under construction, we see the potential in this catchment area and are delighted to not only bring our product range to the town but also create additional jobs throughout the construction and retail operations.”

Pamela Minford, Center Manager at Castle Mall commented: “2022 has been a positive year for shaping retail and we have been on a growth trajectory since the transfer to the new owners in 2021. Lynas Food will reshape Castle Mall completely by opening it up onto central carpark and inviting customers to continue their shopping experience right through the center.” 

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said: “I am delighted that the new owners of Castle Mall have secured Lynas as an anchor business for the center. As a well known brand in Northern Ireland, Lynas will undoubtedly be a big attraction for shoppers and will be key to the further development of this part of Antrim. The Council working with the private sector has developed really ambitious plans for Antrim and looks forward to implementing these over the coming years.”