Saturday 23 March 2019

Applegreen to create 360 jobs in motorway network expansion

The new Applegreen Service Station at the old Cullenmore Hotel.
The new Applegreen Service Station at the old Cullenmore Hotel.

Patrick Edwards

Applegreen will say today that it plans to expand its network of motorway service stations over the next 18 months.

The expansion will create 360 permanent jobs as well as 250 construction jobs.

Applegreen will make the announcement at the opening of a motorway service area at Junction 14 on the M11 in Wicklow this morning. Applegreen, which is part of Petrogas Global, plans to build six new service areas in a €30m investment by the end of next year.

The company will say that more than 250 construction workers will be contracted per site during the construction phase. Once opened, each filing station will employ 60 full-time staff.

The Wicklow service area is the first of the new Applegreen sites to open for business with additional sites in Birdhill, Co Tipperary, Swords, Co Dublin, and Lemybrien, Co Waterford, currently under construction. The new garages are so-called super service stations and are located on major inter-urban routes.

Applegreen hopes that the Wicklow service station will be passed by an average of 35,000 motorists per day.

The new motorway service stations include a convenience store, car and lorry pumps, ESB electric car charge points, a Burger King, Subway, 
Applegreen's own 'Bakewell Kitchen' cafe, Costa Coffee as well as children's play areas and toilets.

Applegreen is also expanding its operations further afield with the recent opening of a service station in Long Island, New Jersey, and the recent launch of the first of four motorway service areas in the North.

"I am delighted to announce that Applegreen has created 60 new jobs in Wicklow at our new motorway service station on the M11 at Exit 14, Coyne's Cross," said Joe Barrett who is chief operations officer for Applegreen.

"The motorway network in Ireland has significantly improved in recent years, but there is still a shortage of service areas on key routes and we hope to help improve this."

Applegreen said last month that more than 200 jobs will be created in the North by the opening of the region's first motorway service stations.

Four service stations are set to be opened north of the border.

The service areas will trade under Petrogas' Applegreen brand. Applegreen already has 12 motorway service areas on the island of Ireland with two based on the Belfast to Dublin route.

Meanwhile, electronic cigarettes maker Healthier Smoker is to create 80 jobs through an expansion of its Irish operations in Waterford.

It is establishing a manufacturing facility at Six Cross Roads in Waterford. 



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