The East Belfast Alliance Westminster candidate was speaking after Lidl announced it would relocate to bigger premises within Connswater Retail Park. The move will create up to 15 new jobs for East Belfast if planning is approved.
“This is great news for the local area, especially after a difficult period for Connswater,” said Mrs Long.
“It is another significant step towards securing the future for the centre and surrounding retail park. It reiterates the confidence retailers have in Connswater and is an important building block.
“I would be hopeful further investment by other retailers will follow this news and I will continue to work with Connswater management to support their plans to secure the future of the centre.”