BUREAU de change business Currency Xtra has brought a welcome business boost to the border village of Belleek with the opening of their fourth outlet.
It’s the latest business venture by Billy Mulligan who runs the bureau de change chain with existing outlets in Enniskillen, Lisnaskea and Omagh.
The news is a welcome bonus for the area in the run-up to Christmas and comes ahead of the re-opening of Belleek’s landmark hotel which has been closed for five years. As reported in the Herald last week, the Glen Eden Hotel, formerly the Carlton, will be open for business next week, employing up to 40 people.
Since the closure of the town’s last remaining bank, the Bank of Ireland, in March of this year, locals have had to travel to Enniskillen for their currency exchanges.
Currency Xtra says there has been a great response to the new branch opening in Belleek just last month.
“We’re truly overwhelmed and thank you to everyone for their kind messages of support, cards and good wishes. We are looking forward to delivering the best local exchange rates and friendly service to the people and businesses in the Belleek, Donegal, Leitrim and the surrounding area,” a spokesman said.
Local business owners are also delighted to see the arrival of Currency Xtra in Belleek.
Seamus Rooney who runs The Lemon Tree Coffee House told the Herald: “Seeing any new premises open up in Belleek is a bonus. With the bank gone from the town, it replaces a need that was there and will be a great help. With the hotel reopening soon it’s onwards and upwards.”
Pauline Gilmartin from Gilmartin’s The Craft Shop added: “Currency Xtra has really filled the gap following the bank closure by providing a much needed service. It’s a big help for businesses as it means we don’t have to travel to Enniskillen for currency needs. Also it will help visitors to Belleek who need to change euro to sterling as this is often their first entry point into the North.
Posted: 3:06 pm November 5, 2017
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