April 2, 2024 by Rikki Thompson
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Portadown is a town steeped in rich industrial history that has shaped its identity and landscape. From its humble beginnings Portadown transformed into a thriving hub of industry during the 19th and 20th centuries to a charming town that offers an incredible shopping experience for both locals and visitors. From well-known brands to hidden independent boutiques, Portadown’s retail scene has something for everyone.

Supporting local businesses:

One of the special aspects of shopping in Portadown is the strong emphasis on supporting local businesses. These locally owned shops and businesses are the backbone of the town’s retail landscape. By shopping at these stores, you not only discover unique products but also contribute to the growth and success of the local community. From handmade crafts to delicious treats, there’s so much to explore and discover. Get ready to be amazed by the creativity and skill of the local artisans and indulge in the mouthwatering treats made with love. It’s a true treasure trove of hidden gems just waiting for you to uncover

A shopper’s paradise:

Portadown truly has it all when it comes to shopping whether you’re looking for popular brands or unique boutiques. The Meadows Shopping Centre, located in Meadow Lane, is a bustling hub where you can find all your favourite brands under one roof. But that’s not all! Portadown is also home to a plethora of independent stores and charming boutiques, offering a more personalised and intimate shopping experience. So, whether you’re in search of something special or want to support local businesses, Portadown is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy.

Portadown Town Centre UrbanABC

A mix of high street brands and unique independent boutiques:

Portadown is home to a diverse range of shops, featuring popular high street brands and hidden gems. Take a leisurely stroll through the town centre and discover your favourite fashion retailers, beauty salons and local cafes. If you’re looking for unique finds, be sure to check out hidden gems like Love Wool located on Bridge Street South or The Bottom Drawer in the Magowan West complex. 

Don’t forget to pamper yourself at the beauty salons dotted throughout the town center such as Simply Beautiful owned by local business woman Leanne Seeley or Eden Beauty owned by another Portadown businesswoman Sara Strain.

Cafés and eateries:

Shopping can work up an appetite, and Portadown offers a selection of cafés and eateries. Take a break from browsing and treat yourself to a delicious meal or a refreshing cup of coffee at one of the many cosy spots in town.

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Portadown Town Centre UrbanABC

Industrial past 

Portadown’s industrial journey began in the 19th century when the linen industry took off. Thanks to its strategic location, surrounded by fertile land and waterways, the town became an ideal spot for linen production. As a result, mills and factories popped up, employing thousands of workers and solidifying Portadown’s position as a key player in the linen trade.

As the 20th century dawned, Portadown’s industrial landscape underwent another transformation with the emergence of engineering and manufacturing. The town became a hub for shipbuilding, ironworks, and engineering firms, contributing to the growth and prosperity of the local economy.

The skilled craftsmen and workers of Portadown honed their talents, creating a legacy of innovation and excellence that we still celebrate today. Their remarkable skills and dedication continue to inspire and amaze us. It’s truly incredible to see the impact they’ve made on our community and beyond.

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