GELATO company Gino’s is hoping to make its first move into County Wexford on Gorey’s Main Street, at the former Pamela Scott retail outlet.
A planning application for change of use from retail to commercial café and alterations, as well as a new sliding folding doors onto the street, was submitted in December, and owner Jonathan Kirwan said that all going well the premises hopes to open in mid-May.
He said that the team spent six months planning the move, and that there could be 12 to 15 full and part-time jobs created for chefs, a manager and front-of-house staff serving hot and cold drinks, ice-cream and crepes.
“Gorey is an up-and-coming town and it has a lot of tourism too, and our proper Italian gelato made using Irish organic milk does really well in the summer. From our perspective, it’s probably a better location than Arklow as we were there previously and pulled out of it.
“We studied Gorey to get a feel for it, and realised that the population in Gorey is bigger than Greystones, as we recently opened up there and that’s working very well. We went for Gorey Main Street as we found that shopping centres restrict you to opening times, while we trade better in the evening.
“We hope to get open in mid-May before the June bank holiday but will be recruiting before that and providing training in nearby stores.”
The award-winning gelato company was founded by second generation ice-cream duo Jonathan Kirwan and Anthony Murphy and the priority has always been to use the very best and freshest ingredients in order to create authentic Italian gelato.
With stores across the country, the objective is to bring the total workforce to over 400 employees across 30 stores in 2022.