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Jonesborough set for commercial boost from proposed retail development

Jonesborough could be set for a major commercial boost, with planning approval currently being sought for a significant retail investment in the village.

The application, submitted by Edentubber Developments Ltd to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is for a new convenience store in Jonesborough – which would have integrated Post Office Services. The development would also include a further five retail units being built in the village, constructed in two blocks.

The proposed site for the project is adjacent to the existing Costcutter Village Shop, located on Finnegan’s Road, close to the local primary school, with the planned retail outlets earmarked for a vacant site, for which planning permission had previously been granted for 11 residential properties.

The proposal follows a public consultation which ended in September to gauge public opinion on the relocation of Dromintee Post Office to the Costcutter Village Shop in Jonesborough due to the imminent retirement of Dromintee’s existing postmaster.

Launching the consultation, the Post Office confirmed to The Examiner that the move would create a modern local–style branch with extended opening hours from 7am to 10pm seven days a week.

Costcutter proprietor Seamus McEntee said the new Post Office would offer customers the extra convenience of Post Office services without the need for a separate facility and with accessible extended hours.  He said the relocation and creation of the local style branch marked a “move with the times” and would provide a valuable service to the local community.

If approved, the major retail development is certain to provide a huge boost to the local economy with the provision of construction jobs and retail roles upon completion.