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Saturday 25 November 2017

More than 500 chase 120 jobs at fashion store

Breda Heffernan and Tom Shiel

More than 120 jobs will be created with the opening of a flagship store for fashion chain New Look -- but there are already five applicants chasing each sales position on offer.

The 30,000sq ft outlet will take up the basement and ground floor of the former Arnotts Project store in the Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin and will be New Look's biggest shop worldwide.

The store will create more than 110 sales positions and another 11 in management.

It is due to open in early November and recruitment is under way, with the company already having received more than 500 applications for the sales positions via its website.

The Jervis outlet will bring to 29 the number of New Look stores in Ireland, taking its total workforce here to almost 1,000.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Irish regional sales manager Brian Montgomery said the company was not worried about opening such a large store in the current economic climate.

"It is tough out there but there are definitely green shoots coming through. We know the market is going to be more challenging," he said.

"But the group is very happy with the business (in Ireland) and we're in a position to grow here. We're confident there is a large market share we can plug."

He said the chain already had a number of shops in Dublin's outer-ring areas, including Tallaght and Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown and the Omnipark shopping centres, however, it needed a city centre location to establish its "footprint in Ireland".

Outlet

New Look opened its first Irish store in 2003 and has 634 outlets around the world.

Meanwhile, Scottish distiller William Grant & Sons is to locate its new global marketing office in Dublin and recruitment has already started to fill 17 professional posts.

The office will manage the entire global marketing operations for the company's non-Scottish brands, which include the newly acquired Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey.

Both the Dublin office and the group's London office will be headed by group marketing director Maurice Doyle, a native of Bray, Co Wicklow. The firm acquired drinks company C&C's portfolio of Irish spirits and liqueur brands for €300m in July and a key focus of the Dublin office will be in developing the Tullamore Dew brand.

Elsewhere, there was bad news on the employment front in Co Mayo yesterday with the announcement by fish feed producer Skretting Ireland that it will close its Westport plant by Christmas, with the loss of 22 jobs.

General manager Anthony Murphy said difficult trading conditions over the past three years, combined with a significant fall in demand for salmon feed, had led the company to take the decision to close the Westport plant and move production to its UK operations. Operating costs in Westport were almost double that of any of the company's other plants.

Workers learned of the decision yesterday. SIPTU official Michael Kilcoyne said the loss of Skretting would be a serious blow to an area already blighted by high unemployment.

Irish Independent

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