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Thursday 22 August 2019

Ergo: Musgrave Marketplace green efforts take effect in Galway and Derry

Musgrave Marketplace has invested €2.6m upgrading its branches in Galway and Derry
Musgrave Marketplace has invested €2.6m upgrading its branches in Galway and Derry

Improving one's environmental and carbon footprint has rapidly jumped up the list of priorities for businesses in recent times. Consumers have become far more environmentally conscious and are becoming increasingly aware of businesses that do not hold the same viewpoint.

Ergo notes that Musgrave Marketplace has invested a further €2.6m upgrading its branches in Galway and Derry to help its branch network become more environmentally friendly. It spent €1.7m on its Galway store and a further €900,000 on its Derry outlet. It follows investments in its premises in Ballymun, Co Dublin; Robinhood; and Duncrue, in Belfast.

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The company said that it reduced its CO2 output at its Galway store by 82,000kg per annum, which is enough electricity to run around 50 homes a year.

Musgrave Marketplace managing director Noel Keeley said that there had been a shift in the focus of consumers toward health, following on from increased demand for vegan and vegetarian products.

He said that consumers and providers had also become more aware of where a product came from and whether or not it was packaged sustainably.

"We've introduced a full eco-friendly range of packaging for the food industry and we've seen a huge increase in demand for that this year," he said. "We've sold over 3.3 million compostable straws so far this year."

Keeley said the investments were being made to meet customer demands that did not exist more than 10 years ago.

Era ends with Sweeney's out and O'Briens moving in

The shutters came down on two generations of the Sweeney family off-licence business in Dublin’s Glasnevin this weekend.

Owner Finian Sweeney is selling the off-licence and deli business at Harts Corner to the O’Briens wine group. Sweeney’s started selling wine and groceries at 20 Lower Dorset Street in 1955, when Finian’s father Joe bought the firm from local businessman James Lynch. Joe had worked in the store since 1937, after moving to the capital from a small village outside Enniscrone, Co Sligo to seek his fortune, and his brother Tom followed him to Lynch’s in 1944. 

While there were many twists and turns in between, Finian came into the business in 1981 and it moved to Glasnevin in 2005. Finian is positive about the latest development and believes O’Briens will take the business to the next level. And regulars should be pleased to learn some staff members are staying in situ.

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