Crawford and Richard Henderson, who own SPAR Milltown Road, are celebrating 30 years serving their local community.

The brothers took over the store in April 1993 with just six employees and thanks to two major refurbishments over the years, the team has now grown to over 50 colleagues from the local community.

Always at the heart of its community, Crawford and Richard have invested significantly over the years to provide the best quality products to shoppers, undertaking two significant refurbishments, the first in 2005 and more recently with an investment of over £1.7 million in April 2022, bringing improved services and an impressive offering to the local area.

The store provides shoppers with choice and value through an extensive fresh range from local suppliers, an instore Post Office, full Barista Bar Coffee offering, a food-to-go counter serving hot breakfast and lunch, as well as a deli with a vast selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps and salads which shoppers can enjoy on the go, or in the sit-in area in store.

Investment in the community is important to the Henderson brothers, who recently, along with their shoppers, fundraised for the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) outside the store, making potentially lifesaving equipment available 24/7 in the local area.

Being at the heart of the community, has always been important to Crawford and Richard to show their support to local initiatives and community groups, sponsoring the annual North West 200 and their local Ballymoney youth football team. The team at the store has also held multiple fundraising activities over the years, raising money for local schools across Ballymoney.

Crawford commented, “It has been a privilege to serve this community for the past 30 years and we’re looking forward to many more. We want to thank our great team and loyal customers for all their support over the years.”

Richard added, “We love that our store has become a hub for the local community, providing everyday essentials and supporting local initiatives, as well as being a place to sit and enjoy a coffee.”

SPAR Milltown Road is open Monday – Friday 5:30am–12am, Saturday, 6am-12am and Sunday, 7am-12am.