SUPERVALU is to add five new stores - and create 400 jobs over the next year.
Almost 200 of the jobs will be created in new stores in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, and Milltown Malbay, Co. Clare.
The rest of the jobs will come from store extensions and independent stores joining the SuperValu network.
The €20m investment programme will involves the refurbishment of 30 further stores.
The company earned €2bn in retail sales and achieve a market share of almost 20pc.