Newry.ie

Buttercrane Shopping Centre is marking 30 years in the heart of Newry city. It was the first shopping centre in Newry, opening its doors in November 1988 and in 30 years the centre has changed dramatically, the ebb and flow reflecting the changes on the High Street.

Located alongside the historic Newry Canal in the centre of the city, the site on which Buttercrane is built, has been at the centre of local commerce for centuries -  home to a brewery, a morgue and a timber yard throughout its history.

In 1988, Buttercrane Shopping Centre opened, representing a massive investment in the then ‘town’, which was very different to the vibrant retail centre that it’s known as today.

In 1988, Newry was under invested and had a 28% unemployment rate.  Buttercrane opened on 11 November, offering the first modern retail space in a town centre location.

During those 30 years, Newry has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the best provincial shopping-towns in Northern Ireland, attracting large numbers of shoppers from as far away as Cork.

Buttercrane Shopping Centre is a major employer and today employs some 900 staff, contributing circa £13m to local economy annually.

Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Originally many of the store managers were from Belfast and travelled to Newry daily. Now all the store managers are from the Greater Newry region, many of whom are long serving staff who have developed their retail careers in Buttercrane Shopping Centre.

Peter Murray is one such employee and has been the centre’s manager over 30 years –steering the centre through its early years and later evolution into the flagship retail centre it’s become.

Buttercrane’s own history is a microcosm of the changing face of the Irish high street.

“Originally when we opened we had two supermarkets, no mobile phone shops and a limited food and beverage offering,” Peter explains.

“The Centre was home to some of Northern Ireland’s most famous high street brands which have disappeared in recent years such as Wellworths, Stewarts Supermarkets, Connors Chemists, Options, Adams Childrenswear, Virgin music, Etam, Chicago and Caroline Music.

Buttercrane Shopping Centre store manager Peter Murray pictured with some of the staff celebrating the centres 30th birthday at Cobbles
Buttercrane Shopping Centre store manager Peter Murray pictured with some of the staff celebrating the centres 30th birthday at Cobbles

“Change is always at the heart of the retail sector and as a Centre we continue to adapt, evolve and reinvent ourselves. We’re outward looking and progressive and that has stood the test of time.

“We’ll continue to rise to new challenges, whatever those may be, with social media, offering new Click & Collect services, varying our retail offering and actively working with new brands coming into the Irish/UK retail market,” Peter adds.

Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie Buttercrane Shopping Centre 30th Celebrations - Celebrating Buttercrane Shopping Centre's 30th Birthday in Cobbles. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Pin It

WHAT'S ON IN NEWRY

23Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
23Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
24Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
25Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
26Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
27Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
28Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
28Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
29Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
29Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
30Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
30Mar
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
30Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
23Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
24Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
25Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
26Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
27Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
28Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
28Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
29Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
29Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
30Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
30Mar
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
30Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
31Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
31Mar
PHENOMENON OF HEALING(1).jpg11:00AM - 05:30PM]
The Phenomenon of Healing
Mourne Country Hotel
01Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
02Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Apr
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
04Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
05Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
07Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
08Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
10Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
11Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
13Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Apr
Afternoon of Style 2019.jpg01:30PM - 06:00PM]
Afternoon of Style
15Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
16Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
17Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
18Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
19Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
21Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum

VIDEO

David Olara - Diverse City
David Olara - Diverse City

David Olara from Uganda has moved to the South Down town of Warrenpoint and here he speaks of how he has adjusted to the relocation.

Albert Basin Park Letter
Albert Basin Park Letter

Newry children ask their councillors and council ceo to appoint a project manager as soon as possible to move the provision of a 15 acre park for Newry forward

FOLLOW NEWRY.IE

 

 

DONATE

Please consider supporting Newry.ie

Amount:
Newry.ie require Cookies on some parts of our site to enable full functionality. By using Newry.ie you consent to our use of Cookies. You can use your browser settings to disable cookies on this or any other website.
More information Ok