Commenting on the announcement that the owners of Rushmere Shopping Centre have gone into administration, DUP MP for Upper Bann Carla Lockhart said:
“Rushmere is a vital component of the local retail landscape in Upper Bann, complementing the wonderful selection of local retailers to be found on high streets across the area.
Hundreds of jobs are sustained by the range of retailers who operate from the site, including many of the most well known brands in UK retail. It was the guarantee of footfall that attracted these brands to Craigavon, which benefits greatly from its central location and surrounding infrastructure.
It is very worrying that the owners of Rushmere have entered administration. Their vision in driving forward the centre has been key to its success, and key to the jobs created here and economic benefit to the local area.
What we need now is certainty for employees, for whom Rushmere provide a livelihood. I have no doubt the centre is an attractive proposition for investors and it would be my hope that the administrators can find new management soon for what is a very important asset in this area.”