Retailer plans 400 new jobs for network
UP to 400 new jobs are to be created in the retail sector before the end of the year, SuperValu announced at its national conference yesterday.
Two new stores in Mountmellick, Co Laois, and Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, each providing up to 100 jobs, are to be added to the network of 192 stores nationwide.
Managing director of SuperValu, Martin Kelleher said the rest of the jobs would be created in a major €25m extensive refurbishment programme at 34 of its stores.
Last night a Supervalu spokeperson said all of the jobs would be full-time. It is hoped that the Mountmellick shop will open in July while work on the Manorhamilton store is due to be completed by November.
Although supermarkets that trade under the SuperValu banner are independently owned and operated, collectively the retail group has a workforce of 15,000.
The company recorded sales of €2.1bn in 2010 and its market share grew from 19.9pc last year to 20.2pc so far in 2011.
"Market shares go up and down and sideways but we're very happy with where we are in the market," said Mr Kelleher.
"We effectively have 192 small and medium enterprises here and there's many a town in Ireland where the largest employer is the SuperValu and we're very mindful that we need to continue to support these communities," he said.
He said that rather than shying away from expansion in a recession, the group had a longer term vision. The one-day conference, attended by over 520 delegates, closed with a gala dinner last night at which the SuperValu retailer of the year was due to be announced.