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Dundrum creates 318 jobs despite spending slump

A Hollister billboard at Dundrum Town Centre. Niall Carson

THE temple of Celtic Tiger consumption is promising miracles in terms of retail jobs.

A week after the latest retail sales figures showed another dip in spending, 318 new jobs are to be filled at Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin.

A total of 206 jobs will be created in the fashion store Hollister, which will be the first store in Ireland for the California-based men's and ladies fashion retailer, which is part of the Abercrombie and Fitch corporation.

Noodle restaurant chain Wagamama will create 50 new jobs, while another 17 jobs will come on line at the Pink beauty emporium, which is set to treble in size.

Another 12 jobs will be created in a new family entertainment centre, while the Port House restaurant will employ 10 extra people as it doubles in size.

Employers group Retail Ireland welcomed the new jobs but warned that much of the sector remained in crisis. It said the Government should reduce key business costs in its forthcoming jobs initiative.

"The announcement of 300 new full-time and part-time jobs in Dundrum Town Centre will bring the total number employed there to almost 6,000 and shows the employment creation potential of the retail sector," said group director Torlach Denihan.

Meanwhile, the West is set for a jobs boost with the creation of 100 new jobs by a US multinational.

It is understood Harmac Medical will announce new investment at its Castlerea, Co Roscommon, base as part of an expansion of its current operations, where 200 people are already employed.

IDA-backed Harmac opened its Roscommon base in 1998 and announced a €1.7m investment in 2003.

Irish Independent