It's been a while, but I wrote back in October that it looked like we were about to get our local supermarket back. Not to be. The former Lidl site on Ballysillan Road is still that, a former Lidl site. Asda have pulled out of yet another site in North Belfast (this time on Shore Road). North Belfast is not awash with investment.
On the other hand, the Crumlin Road Spar has opened up again, taking over the empty shop units on the corner of Bilston Road. This is great news for the older people in the area who relied so much on the Spar for their groceries. And not to be forgotten in the mean time is the Paypoint in Wineflair, for late night pay-as-you-go emergencies. So it's not all doom and gloom.