Tuesday 21 January 2020

400 jobs on way at SuperValu as five stores added to chain

John Mulligan and Majella O'Sullivan

UP to 400 jobs are to be created by retail chain SuperValu in the next year as five stores are added to its nationwide network.

More than half the jobs will be at two new supermarkets that are to be built on greenfield sites in Celbridge, Co Kildare, and in Miltown Malbay in Co Clare.

The new stores are part of a €20m investment programme, which includes the refurbishment and revamp of a further 30 stores.

The remainder of the jobs will be at three other supermarkets that are to join the 195 stores already in the network, and by extensions at some of its existing stores.

A SuperValu spokesperson said the 400 jobs are all new and are separate to the jobs in the three 'add-on' supermarkets.

They were announced at the SuperValu national conference in Killarney, Co Kerry, yesterday where the retailer also revealed that sales at its stores remained steady at just over €2bn last year, with the chain having sourced €500m worth of Irish food in 2011.

The SuperValu brand is controlled by Cork-based Musgrave group, which also controls Centra.

Musgrave paid about €250m last year to acquire Superquinn.

SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher said that despite a tough trading environment last year, 2011 had been good for the chain, which commands nearly 20pc of Ireland's €14bn grocery market.

It's 195 outlets are independently owned.

The company also released data from a report it commissioned and which was undertaken by the Economics Clinic, the consultancy owned by economist David McWilliams.

The €500m of Irish produce bought by SuperValu operators included €183m of fresh meat and poultry, €156m of fruit and vegetables and €161m of dairy products.

The retailer said 75pc of all its products are either sourced or produced in Ireland.

The research also showed that SuperValu owners spent €15.7m on direct service providers such as accountants last year and invested €25m in new stores and store refurbishment. An expected €20m will be spent this year on the five new outlets and 30 store revamps.

SuperValu stores spent about €75m on products sourced from within their local communities, while they paid a total of about €213m in wages to almost 5,800 full-time and 6,300 part-time employees.

The research also found that nearly 40pc of SuperValu employees are over the age of 50, with the majority -- just over 50pc-- aged between 25 and 50.

Irish Independent

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