Local businessman and owner Gabriel Bell officially opened the store to the public today, Tuesday 30thSeptember, alongside Musgrave Retail Partners (MRPNI) which supports the independent retail group SuperValu.
The Bell family has a strong local history in the area, trading on the Belfast Road site for almost 80 years,since 1935 when Gabriel’s grandfather ran a cattle and poultry exporting business.
This family tradition will be continued with the store’s support of local produce, suppliers and the community.
The shop design is focused on fresh convenience including exclusive ‘Prepared By’ ranges, offering a wide range of services including a butchery, deli, hot food bar and parking for over 70 vehicles.
Energy efficiency is a key area of focus and differentiation for the store in terms of refrigeration and LED lighting, with sustainability messages displayed within the store.
Gabriel Bell said: “Today is a historic day for me and my family, opening for business on the family site where it all began almost 80 years ago.
“With MRPNI’s support and investment I am confident this new store will provide the quality service, produce and value for money to the community who has been so loyal through the years,” Gabriel added.
MRPNI Acting Managing Director, Damian McCarney, said: “We are delighted to help Gabriel officially open his new state-of-the-art SuperValu store to the public.
“This new 6,000 sq ft SuperValu store and filling station represents a significant investment for MRPNI in Crossgar with the creation of large number of jobs and a focus on providing a different and better service to the local community.
“With the store’s key location on the main road between Downpatrick and Belfast it will provide an important service to passing trade as well as the local community,” Damian added.
MRPNI supports over 250 independent SuperValu, Centra and Mace retail stores in Northern Ireland, with a combined turnover in excess of £600 million.
MRPNI is part of the Musgrave Group, the leading partner to more than 3,500 entrepreneurial retailers and food service professionals in the UK, Ireland and Spain.