An innovative new heritage project aimed at celebrating the special position Moore’s plays within its local community has been officially unveiled by councillor Michelle Knight McQuillan, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Neville Moore, Managing Director of Ulster Stores.
Dignitaries, local community members as well as the Moore family attended the special ceremony which was held in Café M on the ground floor of the Coleraine town centre department store.
The project was commissioned to coincide with Moores of Coleraine’s 90th anniversary. To celebrate, photographs, news articles and other pieces of special memorabilia were gathered to showcase the store’s historical milestones which date back to the day the store was established by John Moore on 1st October 1925.
As part of the project these collectables have been recreated in the form of a heritage wall which will be permanently exhibited in Café M.
Neville Moore, Managing Director of Ulster Stores which owns Moores of Coleraine, said: “Moores has stood on Church Street since 1925 or to put it another way for over nine decades. That’s a long time in a changing world and perhaps goes some way to explain the special place the store occupies not only in the town but within its local community.
“I am incredibly proud that Moores remains a family owned store to this day, and proud of our history, heritage and strong links with the local community. The installation of our heritage wall pays testament to that history and to all those local people who have played their part to make the store the success that it is today.”
Mayor Knight-McQuillan added, “Moores is a significant feature in the town for both residents and visitors so the heritage wall will bring enjoyment in reminiscing for many people as visitors to Coleraine.”
The heritage wall has also been translated into a book which is available for customers to leaf through in Café M.