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Thursday 25 May 2017

Pizza firm wants bigger slice of market

Dave, left, and Stephen Flynn inside their cafe and shop the Happy Pear, which is to open a flagship premises in Dublin
Dave, left, and Stephen Flynn inside their cafe and shop the Happy Pear, which is to open a flagship premises in Dublin

Sean Duffy

Irish pizza company Base Wood Fired Pizza is to open a new store in Glenageary in south Dublin.

The investment will create 25 jobs in a €300,000 investment.

Former solicitor Shane Crilly founded the company, which now employs 150 people, in 2008.

"Our focus is to offer the highest-quality pizza in Ireland, taking it out of the junk food category and bringing it back to its traditional Italian roots," Mr Crilly said.

The company has plans to open 10 new stores over the next five years.

A further investment of €300,000 at its existing stores at its Ballsbridge and Terenure is also under way.

Around €250,000 has also been spent at a production unit in Kimmage in south Dublin which now serves as the company's official headquarters.

Elsewhere, the authors of last year's Irish Cookbook of the Year, brothers David and Stephen Flynn, are to open their first café and food shop in Dublin.

The new Happy Pear store at the Round Tower Centre in Clondalkin will become the company's flagship operation.

The premises will open this summer and will include a terraced dining area, a public garden, as well as an exhibition and gallery space.

"We're really looking forward to making healthy food even more accessible in South Dublin County and to making a positive impact on the local community and economy, by providing exciting new employment opportunities," the Flynns said in a statement.

"This is a very exciting move for our business," they added.

The brothers are currently working on their third cookbook. It is scheduled to be released sometime next year.

Irish Independent

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