Fair City star opens Market Street Spar shop

Published 04/09/2013 | 05:36

'Fair City' star Tom Hopkins at the opening of the new Spar store on Market Street in Listowel with staff members.
'Fair City' star Tom Hopkins at the opening of the new Spar store on Market Street in Listowel with staff members.

ONE of Irish TV's best-known grocers was in town on Friday to usher in a new chapter in the life of Market Street's Spar supermarket.

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Fair City's Christy Phelan, aka actor Tom Hopkins, officiated at the opening of the new-look Spar on Friday in a development that is set to create more jobs for town.

Now owned by Ballylongford native and qualified accountant Sean Heaphy, the supermarket has just had a stunning makeover with a new café, bakery counter and deli counter among the many changes.

Sean - who already employs over 100 people at three Spar supermarkets around the country through his Listowel-based company H2 - said that the response from the public was even better than expected.

"We're delighted with the new-look Spar and confident that the modernisation will see it make a big impact in the local market," he told The Kerryman. Among Sean's Spar outlets is Bridge Street's award-winning Spar Express and Filling Station - a business that has proved very successful since its opening in recent years.

As the newly-tweaked business beds down Sean is hoping to create even more badly-needed employment for Listowel.

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