Saturday 17 February 2018

Penneys to create more than 300 jobs

Penneys Mary Street, Dublin
Penneys Mary Street, Dublin
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Pennys has announced plans to create more than 300 jobs in Dublin.

The retail giant, Primark, will open 54,000 sq ft of selling space at a new store in Liffey Valley, Dublin, where it will create 280 jobs next year,

It has also announced a major investment package for its city centre head office on Jervis Street, where 36 positions will be filled this year.

However, the firm will close its store in Naas, Co Kildare, on April 25 this year with the loss of 22 jobs.

"All 22 Naas employees will be offered relocation opportunities at Penneys in Newbridge in addition to other stores in the national and international network," it said.

Primark also announced its intention to dispose of the former Superquinn site in Naas which was originally acquired in August 2008.

The clothes retailer said its latest investments come to several tens of millions of euros in Ireland.

Paul Marchant, chief executive, said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of a key Penneys store in Liffey Valley in addition to an exciting new investment in our head office.

"Combined, these initiatives will create 316 jobs in Ireland, which demonstrate our belief in the growth prospects of the Irish economy.”

Primark currently has 287 stores across nine countries, with plans to expand in to the USA.

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