Sunday 21 January 2018

Discount chain to create 350 jobs at 12 new stores

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

DISCOUNT chain Dealz will create at least 350 jobs by opening another 12 stores.

It will open stores in Dun Laoghaire and Clonmel by the end of March, creating a minimum of 50 jobs.

Ten additional stores will open in its new financial year, which begins in April, creating 300 more positions. The roles on offer include both sales assistance and managerial positions.

The company says the announcement will allow for an investment of almost €3m into the economy.

Since launching in Ireland in September last year, Dealz has opened 20 stores, employing almost 600 people.

It now has stores in Cork, Newbridge, Blanchardstown, Portlaoise, Letterkenny, Killarney and Limerick.

The company's success is its ability to offer a range of 1,000 branded products at a price point of €1.49.

Dealz's senior business manager, Leonard Brassel, said its success was down to competitive rates offered by landlords.

"We have spent about €2m fitting out stores in Ireland already," said Mr Brassel.

Dealz is owned by British discount chain Poundland, which has a network of more than 400 outlets and an annual turnover of nearly £1bn (€1.22bn)

Mr Brassel said Poundland had been planning to expand its operations outside of Britain for a number of years.

"Ireland has the same language and similar tastes.

"We're a large retailer and we've built up a relationship with key brands who know we respect their products," he said.

Irish Independent

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