A new community store has officially opened its doors in the Dungannon village of Moygashel, after the site was purchased by Henderson Retail, and redeveloped under the SPAR brand.

The store, which was previously operated by the Moutray family for the past ten years as a Costcutter, has retained all former staff, has recruited two of the team from the recently closed Busby’s ViVO, plus added another four recruits from the local area.

‘Busby’s’, was central to the community for over 70 years and the much loved store, run by Philip and Carol Busby, closed its doors on 16 April.

The all-new SPAR now has a dedicated team of 24 colleagues and will bring an expansive range of locally sourced products and fresh groceries to the area.

Suppliers include potatoes from Nature’s Harvest in Moy and apple tarts baked fresh in store using Armagh apples. The groceries are complemented by M&W Meats, the popular local butchery counter which remains within the store, an in-store Post Office and ATM, Barista Bar Coffee and the new The Kitchen range of products made from local ingredients, as well as an in-store bakery which is to be introduced to the store in May.

The store are also planning to relocate the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the new store from Busby’s, ensuring the lifesaving equipment remains available to the local community 24/7.

Remaining as a hub for the local community is important to the new SPAR store, ensuring they continue the positive impact created by the previous and much loved Costcutter and ViVO stores.

Dean McKay, store manager, explained, “It is fundamental to me and the team to continue the legacy of the previous Moygashel stores, getting involved with what matters to the community in every way we can. Our team are all from the local area so it’s important to us all to be a big part of it and we love seeing all the friendly faces coming into the store.

“We will be involved in SPAR NI’s Nurture our Neighbourhood initiatives throughout the year including taking part in the litter pick around the community and surrounding area, as well as sponsoring sports day kits for Howard Primary School and making donations to the local foodbank ’For You’. We are looking forward to many years of providing for our local community.”

Carol Busby, who owned Busby’s ViVO and has now moved to the new SPAR store, commented, “I have enjoyed my time serving the local community of Moygashel for over 35 years and am delighted to get the opportunity to join the team in the new SPAR store. I look forward to continuing to serve the local community and my many friends that live here.”

Stephen Moutray, the previous owner of Costcutter Moygashel commented, “Over the past decade it has been our pleasure as a family to serve the people of Moyagashel and further afield. We had great staff, who like us, saw the importance of good customer service. We want to thank our many valued customers and take the opportunity to wish The Henderson Group every success as they now take over the reins”.

The all-new SPAR Moygashel also has extended opening hours, 7am – 11pm, Monday to Sunday, providing even more accessibility and convenience to the local area.