September 17, 2021

Lauren’s High Street Heroes praised ‘patience, determination and resilience’

Led by Retail NI, the campaign included a public contest in Northern Ireland inviting shoppers to vote for their favorite independent retailers and the local high street as a whole.

K&G McAtamney of Balimina took second place in the butchery category, while Hodges of Large took third place. McAtmani also won a bronze medal in the Daily category.

Lauren Main Street took third place in the High Street of the Year category, Main Street Maghira took second and Belfast and Mayo Road took the top position.

With Glenn Roberts of Retail NI and William McKagie, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Linda Hill of the Lauren Traders Association.

Corner Bakery in Balimina finished third in the coffee shop category, while Fidel Stick Fabric in Baldimina won a bronze medal in the homewear retailer category.

Congratulating the Middle and Eastern Antrim winners at a ceremony at The Bread in Balimina on Friday, First Citizen, Councilor William McCaggy said: “This is great news not only for our winners, but also for the wider borough. We have a lot of high street heroes in the middle and east of Antrim and I would like to commend you all for this admirable recognition.

“Since the onset of the epidemic, all of our retailers have shown incredible patience, determination and resilience, which has undoubtedly been the most difficult period that has come with the economic crisis.

“They continue to move forward for our community and work around the clock to provide essential services to our citizens in a safe and welcoming environment. This is an important time for us to return to our local business. So that everyone is encouraged to do local shopping and support our local economy because we are all on the path to bright days to come.

With Glenn Roberts of Retail NI and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Keller William McCaggy, Dean Hodges of Hodge Butcher.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glenn Roberts said: “Congratulations to all the great Mid and East Antrim High Street Heroes winners.

“Balemina and Lauren have first-class independent retailers and this was clearly identified by the large number of votes received from buyers.”

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