Wednesday 17 January 2018

Discount retailer Dealz to create 300 jobs

Discount retailer Dealz is set to create 300 new jobs; Pictured are CEO Jim McCarthy and model Pippa O Connor
Discount retailer Dealz is set to create 300 new jobs; Pictured are CEO Jim McCarthy and model Pippa O Connor
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Discount retailer Dealz is to create 300 new jobs in Ireland after announcing plans to open ten new stores.

The firm will open a new flagship outlet in the Ilac Centre in Dublin early next month.

Dealz sells most of its goods for €1.49 and already employs 1,000 people here after launching in September 2011. It has invested over €56.3m in the Irish economy since then, and the new plans will be worth a further €4.5m.

"We're indebted to the Irish consumers who have voted with their wallets and purses in increasing numbers.

"We serve about 200,000 customers a week now in Ireland and that's growing," chief executive Jim McCarthy said.

The company will also hire 200 temporary staff in the lead-up to Christmas.

Mr McCarthy said the recession went on for so long that Irish consumers acquired new habits.

"People now enjoy saving money, whether they've got limited disposable incomes or they've got a bit more money... the Irish consumer is very, very wise.

"They want the best deal. We think that with the economy picking up a little bit... we'll have an even stronger business than we did before."

Irish Independent

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