New Tesco outlets to create 172 jobs in next few weeks
TESCO will create 172 jobs when it opens two new stores next week.
The new outlet in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, which opens on Monday, will employ 160 people, and more than 100 of these positions will be full-time.
Another 16 jobs will be created when they open a Tesco Express outlet in Celbridge, Co Kildare, next week.
An additional 45 staff will be moving to the new Balbriggan store from the much smaller Tesco store in the town which closed yesterday.
The new store is located in the Millfield Shopping Centre at the edge of the town and is the second Tesco store to open this year, following the launch of a store in Dublin's Temple Bar earlier this year.
Tesco Ireland chief executive Tony Keohane insisted the new store would significantly enhance and modernise the local retail infrastructure.
Local suppliers include fresh vegetable growers from Lusk, Cloghran and Rush.
The supermarket has also appointed a "community champion" for the town tasked with working with local groups, schools, charities and clubs.
Local councillor Frank Snowe said the new jobs were very welcome and had been hugely sought after.
The council has eased parking restrictions and are also looking at other measures to improve the town centre by encouraging more cafes, creating more pedestrianised areas and opening up the harbour area to draw more visitors.