Boots expansion to create 150 jobs in five new stores
PHARMACY giant Boots is planning a further expansion into the Irish market, with at least five new stores due to open this year, creating more than 150 jobs.
Rhys Iley, director of Boots Ireland, said that while the recession was still having a "big impact" on the business, it was planning for an upswing.
The 150 jobs will include highly skilled pharmacists, healthcare and dispensing positions as well as retail positions.
"We have got firm plans at the moment for five new pharmacies to open in the summer. Hopefully, they will all be open by September," said Mr Iley. "We have further plans for more stores as we go into the autumn and early part of next year."
While the company won't confirm the exact location of the new stores until closer to their opening dates, Mr Iley said he was looking at areas in counties Donegal, Mayo, Limerick and Dublin.
Boots Ireland employs around 1,800 people in 55 stores nationwide, five of which opened last year.
"We have confidence in the future of retailing in Ireland and will be offering opportunities in retail and pharmacy, which incorporates a recognised excellent package of pay and conditions," said Mr Iley.
"One of the things we're really keen to promote is more patient services. We see a much bigger role for pharmacies in primary healthcare, particularly immunisation," he added.
The company said it would will be advertising to fill the new jobs in advance of the store openings to allow for the full training of staff.