ONE of Omagh’s Spar shops is to undergo a major redevelopment which will see it double in size and also create new jobs.
Hamilton’s Spar on the Tamlaght Road officially closed its doors to the public on Wednesday night ahead of Castlederg contractors, Lowry Brothers, moving in to commence work on Monday.
Proprietor Charlie Hamilton only received planning permission a few weeks ago and said he has moved quickly so the new store will be open in time for Christmas.
Mr Hamilton added that he will be closing the business during the rebuilding period to facilitate a scheduled opening by early November.
“Unfortunately our customers are going to be inconvenienced while the work is going on,” he remarked.
“But I hope that when they see the end product, it will have been worth the wait!”
Mr Hamilton has been operating the store since 1998 and said the redevelopment is simply to facilitate a highly successful and growing business.
“We bought the store in 1998 and for the past two decades we’ve received great support from our customers on the Tamlaght Road.
“But the business has outgrown the store and local people now deserve and need a large modern, updated Spar shop.”
Mr Hamilton added that he expects the redevelopment to create an additional 15 new jobs.
“While the store is set to double in size, our staff are also going to increase from 15 people to around 30. All existing staff are being retained during the rebuilding process and we will probably start recruiting for additional staff next month.”