Monday 19 March 2018

New service station has 48 jobs for Gorey

Fintan Lambe

Applegreen has announced that the opening of its second store in Gorey last week has resulted in the creation of 48 new jobs for the town.

The service station, which also includes Burger King, Subway, Splitz ice cream and Lavazza café outlets, opened on Tuesday on the Paul Funge Boulevard at Ramstown, in front of Tesco.

Applegreen's said that this is its 50th Subway outlet in Ireland.

Outside, there is a four island forecourt, parking, brush and jet car washes, a Burger King drive-thru, and service bays. There is also a play area and an outdoor seating section. Inside, there is a convenience store, toilets, a baby change room, lotto and an ATM.

Burger King is the first major fast food operator to enter the local 'chip shop' market. McDonald's is expected to be part of the Topaz-run motorway service station on the M11 at Ballyellen, north of Gorey. It is due to open later this year, following the settlement of a legal challenge taken by a consortium including Applegreen, challenging the awarding of the operating contract to Topaz.

Queues extending out the door of the new store were spotted on the opening day, as locals went along for a first day look. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, the outlet will have on the traditional independent fast food outlets which have a loyal following.

Conor Lucey, head of operations at Applegreen said they are delighted to bring the new site to the town, and look forward to welcoming local customers.

Included in the 48 new jobs are ten in Subway. The new Gorey Subway is managed by Miriam Wilson, who said they were looking forward to getting the store up and running.

Gorey Guardian