UK bargain chain to create 180 jobs here
Published 03/08/2011 | 05:00
A British retailer will create 180 new jobs here over the next two years.
The Poundland chain will open four stores by October and another two by March 2012. The shops, which will be rebranded as Dealz, will each employ 30 staff and will be based in Dublin and Cork -- although exact locations have not been decided. This is the bargain chain's first expansion outside the UK as part of a €2m investment.
Poundland chief Jim McCarthy said the jobs would range from senior management positions to 'store colleagues', who operate checkouts, and staff would be based in high-street locations.
"We have carried out extensive research on the Irish marketplace over the last two years and believe the time is now right," said Mr McCarthy, a former managing director at Sainsbury's.
"I think the relevance of what we offer is greater today than it was a few years ago in the Republic.
"People are economically challenged and do need to save money."
He said the chain would support native suppliers by stocking locally-sourced milk and eggs as well as known brands and own brands, including food and drink, health, beauty and gardening products.