Retail investment totalling around £1 million has created 15 new jobs with the opening of three stores in Cookstown.
Specsavers and CeX are both new additions to Co Tyrone town, while DV8 has relocated and upsized.
“This is a major investment by three large multinational retailers which is a sign of confidence in Northern Ireland’s provincial retail offering,” said Gary Martin, associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton whose retail team was involved in all three transactions.
“These new retailers add to an already diverse mix of stores on Cookstown’s main street.”
“We’ve seen a strong demand from retailers trying to secure units in other towns such as Omagh, Enniskillen and Downpatrick.
“While consumers are still attracted to large shopping centres and Belfast as a retail destination, our regional towns still have much to offer and this demand highlights the continued revitalisation of our high streets.”
Mid Ulster District Council Chairman, Councillor Trevor Wilson, said, “One of our key priorities as a Council is to create the conditions for growth in Mid Ulster.
“As such, we are delighted to see this very welcome and important investment in Cookstown which has delivered business and employment opportunities to the town.
“We wish the new traders continued success.”