G Spots! 30 Reasons To Love The Park Centre

West Belfast’s well-known retail and leisure destination, The Park Centre, is celebrating 30 years in business, having opened its doors to the public in 1985. Located on the Donegall Road just off Broadway roundabout, it previously was the Belfast Celtic F.C grounds and also enjoyed a spell as a boxing venue and a greyhound track. Over the last number of years the Centre has benefited from in excess of £10m investment into new facilities and two extensions to increase the current retail units to 35. Its anchor tenants include Dunnes Stores, Peacocks, Subway, Boots, Thomas Cook, New Look and Iceland. Earlier this year it also welcomed three new stores, DQF, Home Solutions and a Post Office. Pictured celebrating the milestone is Centre manager, Chris Newton (Centre) with Bernard Morgan (right), manager of fashion retailer Louis Boyd that has been in the Centre since it opened 30 years ago and shopper Kathy Jordan. Picture Brian MorrisonThe Park Centre in West Belfast, is celebrating 30 years in business, having opened its doors to the public in 1985 – and to celebrate this milestone, it’s giving away £30 vouchers to 3 lucky Belfast Times readers.

If you haven’t been, it is located on the Donegall Road, just off Broadway roundabout, and it is situated on the 11 acre site is situated on the grounds of the former Belfast Celtic F.C. In between times, it also enjoyed a spell as a boxing venue and a greyhound track, before it was acquired by a property developer and turned into what is now the Park Centre.

Old shops

Growing up we regularly shopped in The Park Centre, and although my memory isn’t great, I do remember Options, Dunnes Stores and Ratners. Dunnes is still there, as is the longest running tenant, fashion retailer Louis Boyd. After a £10 million facelift, you can also now shop in Peacocks, Subway, Boots, Thomas Cook, New Look and Iceland. Earlier this year it also welcomed three new stores, DQF, Home Solutions and a Post Office.

The reason behind the success of the The Park Centre has been the support it has received from the local community. Scratching the surface I found out about the community events, school fundraisers, business partnerships etc… that have existed since it opened 30 years ago and it looks like something that will continue into its future.

V19A9328Centre Manager, Chris Newton said, “The main reason why the Park Centre has been so successful is due to the support it has received from the local community. A business and its local community cannot survive without each other, so we have constantly re-evaluated and adapted the way we do business to suit our core customers.”

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Park Centre is giving 3 x Belfast Times readers the change to win a £30 gift voucher to spend in the any of the 35 stores. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer this question…

Q.Which road is The Park Centre situated on?

Email your answer to win@belfasttimes.co.uk

Terms and conditions: 

The prize is as stated, no cash alternatives will be offered.

Competition ends Friday 2nd October 8pm

www.theparkcentre.co.uk 

@theparkcentre

Post Author: Grainne McGarvey

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