Image of Julie and Councillor Laverty BEM demonstrating refillable produce jars

SONAS, a new a cooperative grocery store has opened its doors at 35-37 Market Square. The store aims to redefine the local grocery store experience, ditching the plastic, and creating a warm welcome eco-conscious shoppers visiting the Lisburn high-street.

The new business is the latest to open its doors benefiting from funding received through our Urban Investment Fund.

Speaking about the new store, co-founder Julie Hoey said: “SONAS is proud to be a recipient of The Urban Investment Fund. This financial support has played a pivotal role in our journey to redefine the local grocery store experience and embrace eco-conscious practices. 

At SONAS, we're not just another run-of-the-mill retailer. We're redefining the local grocery store experience where we ditch the plastic! We're all about valuing our customers and sharing a commitment to protect People, Place, and Planet.

Our commitment to sustainability drives every decision we make, so we're big on refillable and packaging-free products. You can fill up your own containers or borrow one from us. Say goodbye to overbuying and wastefulness – get exactly what you need, save some cash, and enjoy better, tastier food. And when you're ready to indulge, take a seat in our café. We've got the taste without the waste – think mouth-watering seasonal foods that nourish your body and inspire healthier eating. “

Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chair of Regeneration and Growth added:  “The Urban Investment Fund, as part of our broader business support programmes, has provided entrepreneurs with the necessary financial backing to start up and thrive. SONAS exemplifies the positive impact of this initiative, contributing to the ongoing rejuvenation of our high street and diversifying the retail landscape.

"I would like to encourage more local entrepreneurs with promising business ideas to explore the opportunities available and contribute to the ongoing success of our high street.”

For more information on opening hours and offerings from SONAS please visit:

This project was funded through the Department for Communities’ (DfC) Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme which was introduced to support towns and city centres in their recovery.