15 Aug 2022

Family-run Derry business Moran’s to create 15 new jobs in Derry in £2.4m redevelopment

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The family-owned and run company’s busy Strand Road Centra store and filling station will be completely demolished as part of the extensive redevelopment plan. Next month will see the local store razed to the ground, with the new-look £1.6m unit expected to open for business in early 2019. The redeveloped Derry store will include increased forecourt capacity, more car parking and enhanced retail space with particular focus on providing better customer service and a wider range of fresh ‘food-to-go’. Moran’s will create a further 10 new posts following extensive refurbishment projects at the firm’s Ballykelly and Coleraine stores. The overall regeneration will coincide with the introduction of an innovative online system at to fast-track ‘food-to-go’ ordering across all three stores. Managing Director John Moran says the regeneration plans centre on improving customer experience across the stores: “We asked our customers what they wanted from our stores and now we’re simply doing what they’ve asked, plus a little extra. Servicing our customers well is what we’ve built our family business on since it started in 1983 and that will continue into the future. “The demolition of our Strand Road store does mean that customers will miss out on their Moran’s favourites for a time. It was a tough decision to make but our ever-loyal customers deserve better from their store and we’ll look forward to offering them more when we return. We will all be working around the clock to minimise the wait for what will be a dramatically improved customer experience. “The new developments will see the introduction of a whole new way to order food in Northern Ireland. “We’ve used innovative methods to improve quality and speed up the way our customers access our ‘food-to-go’ and freshly prepared deli and kitchen-to-kitchen ranges. We’ve invested heavily in new digital systems, which will vastly improve customer experience when it comes to enjoying fast and fresh breakfast, lunch, dinner and more.” “Moran’s Retail employs 120 people across the North West and this redevelopment project will help us create even more local jobs in Derry, Coleraine and Ballykelly. The investment will also ensure a bright future for our existing employees, many of whom have been with us for a very long time and are the backbone of our business.” The revamp of Moran’s SuperValu store in Ballykelly will see the firm invest £350,000 before the end of this year. Five full and part-time posts will be created as a result of the refurbishment project, which includes enlarging the in-house food production facility, expanding the butchery and deli areas, and upgrading the forecourt. Five new jobs will also result from a similar £400,000 regeneration of the company’s Coleraine service station and Centra store. Above: Lots in store - Moran’s Retail Managing Director John Moran (right) pictured on site with Paul Moran, Manager of Moran’s Centra, Strand Road.

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