Dairygold set to close 13 stores in Munster
Staff will be redeployed in three-year plan
Dairygold is considering closing one third of its stores across Munster following a major review of its agri-trading operations.
The move will cut the co-op's agri-trading network from 39 to 26 stores by the end of 2020.
The 13 stores that have been identified for possible closure are located in: Castletownroche, Carrignavar, Muskerry, Togher, Blarney, Park, Hollyford, Cashel, Araglin, Granagh, Cappamore, Killaloe and Tournafulla.
The closures will take place over a three-year timeframe, but Dairygold said no decisions had been taken on timelines.
"We are now in a period of consultation over the next three years with our elected representatives, employees, customers and other stakeholders," a Dairygold spokesperson said.
The planned closures follow a root-and-branch review of Dairygold's agri-trading division.
This process examined store size, site location and facilities, physical condition, upgrade or refurbishment costs, commercial performance, customer base and long-term commercial potential.
Some of the stores which are in line for possible closure were described by Dairygold as small operations often with one employee and operating three days a week.