Friday, September 22, 2006

East Belfast - what happened to the Co-op on the Upper Newtownards Road?

Walking down the road to get some milk on Tuesday night I discovered that the Co-op at Ballyhackamore is no more. Sign down and all boarded up.

Is it closed for renovation? Or has the advent of massive competition from Tesco Express and M&S Simply Food closed it down for good?

If you know, please leave a comment and let us know.


John Self said...

Well I did hear that Co-op stores were being rebranded (as "the co-operative" in obligatory lower case, along with a new dividend card), but I wouldn't be surprised if Tesco (more than M&S) has sealed the fate of the Ballyhack branch. It's a shame, as the store was way ahead of its time in being ethical (fairtrade chocolate before any other supermarket, eschewing out-of-town stores for smaller community-based shops etc) - but then it did have a vaguely tatty air about it, and I for one never shopped there through choice, so I can't really complain.

(I do have my credit card with their ethical online bank though,, and have been thinking of changing my current account over to the Co-operative Bank since they opened a Belfast branch a year or so back.)

Anonymous said...

Yes after 40 odd years it closed without anybody even batting an eyelid. It had been closed for about 2 weeks when people started saying; "Hey did you notice the Co-op isn't open any more?"

Alan in Belfast (Alan Meban) said...

But we do miss the Co - I wonder if it's sitting empty and boarded up while someone gets planning permission for some more pesky apartments and townhouses!