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DIY fans’ favourite Screwfix to replace former Funky Monkeys kids’ centre in Dungannon

If approved, the move will create dozens of new jobs for the area

Former Funky Monkeys Dungannon

It’s a must for all home improvements and DIY fans and now Screwfix looks set to open another outlet in Northern Ireland.

And this time the multi-national has set its sights on Dungannon, Tyrone I can reveal.

It will be the company’s seventh outlet in Northern Ireland and second in County Tyrone, with another unit already trading in Omagh.

The company prides itself of stocking everything needed from house building to interior decorating, gardening, heating and plumbing, tools, and work and safety clothing and equipment, and much more besides, with tens of thousands of items to choose from and the ability to open up business accounts for tradespeople.

And it does so at greatly reduced prices, its UK-wide portfolio of over 700 stores allowing it to trade at vastly discounted rates.

The retailer has submitted two separate planning applications to Mid-Ulster District Council.

One if for a change of use and “minor external alterations”, while the other is in relation to advertising outside the premises, to provide a banner sign with associated external lighting, a seasonal offer banner sign and five promotional safety poster signs.

And the premises in question is the former Funky Monkeys, an indoor kids entertainment venue, which is located at the Oaks Centre.

Screwfix has been earmarked at Unit 4 and will be hoping to win approval from council to change to storage and distribution premises, with a sales area and trade counter.

The Oaks Centre boasts over 20 stores, with the most recent arrival being Poundland.

The arrival of Screwfix – which also has two stores in Belfast, as well as others in Lurgan, Lisburn and Newry – would be a major boost for the Oaks Road retail development.

The plans are now with council and will be given due consideration before a recommendation is brought back to committee.

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