SuperValu creates 400 jobs
SuperValu is to create 400 jobs this year as it opens two more stores.
The company plans to invest €25m and will refurbish another 34 stores as part of the expansion.
The two new supermarkets will be in Mountmellick, Co Laois, and Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.
SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher made the announcement at the company's national conference in Killarney.
He said the business had recorded €2.1bn in sales last year and held about one fifth of the market.
"The trading environment in 2011 continues to be extremely difficult but we are confident we can continue to adapt our offer in response to the budget-conscious consumer," he said.
"We are ideally placed to achieve this as our retail partners own their stores, enabling them to tailor their offer to the communities they serve.
"We will also be looking to expand via our new stores opening, extension and refurbishment to existing stores and by exploring opportunities with the right retailers who are keen to switch to our brand."
SuperValu has 192 stores and a workforce of about 15,000.