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SuperValu retailers now employ over 15,000 people across the country.

SuperValu is to create 70 jobs with the opening of a new store in Mountmellick, County Laois as part of its 2011 expansion programme. €5.5 million will be invested in the development of the 1,486 sq m store which will be owned and operated by well known local businessman and SuperValu retailer Emmett McConville. The store will open in early summer.

The store, on the site of the former textiles factory, will anchor a new town centre development which will include office units, a HSE primary health care centre, apartments, a GP surgery and five retail units including a Chemist and a Cafés and parking for 200 cars.

The store will open in the summer of 2011 with a focus on supporting Irish suppliers and produce. 75 per cent of goods sold in the store will be either produced or sourced in Ireland. The store will boast a supreme fresh food offering which will include an expert butchery department, an excellent fresh fruit and vegetable selection and a range of exclusive breads in its own bakery department. A full off-licence will offer a wide range of world wines, beers and spirits at keen prices and customers can experience the launch of SuperValu’s online shopping experience which includes free home delivery.

Commenting on the store opening owner Emmett McConville, “I am delighted to make this investment in Mountmellick and in so doing create 70 much needs jobs in the local area. Opening seven days a week we will provide excellent service, range and quality in a modern convenient location. The store will excel through its fresh food, a consistent keen value offer, relationships with local suppliers and the expertise and customer service of the management and staff. We will have 200 free parking spaces and in-store ATM facilities – everything on site for today’s busy shopper.

Martin Kelleher, SuperValu Managing Director, added, “Uniquely in this market the local business people that we partner with like Emmett McConville, who own and operate SuperValu stores across the country, play an important economic and social role in creating and maintaining vibrant town centres and communities, they invest money locally, providing jobs, procuring goods and services and supporting local initiatives and sponsorships.

McConville’s SuperValu Mountmellick will be a prime example of this, providing consumers in Mountmellick with an excellent range of products at superb value while creating employment and supporting local businesses.”

Development Company BPI Investments are behind the €10 million town centre scheme. Joe Byrne of BPI Investment stated that he was delighted to have secured McConville’s SuperValu as the anchor tenant for the development. He believes the new SuperValu and town centre scheme will offer the people of Mountmellick a new shopping experience, ensuring the town remains a thriving business centre. Joe went on to add that during the design and construction phase over 120 jobs had been created on the project. Sisk is the main building contractor.

SuperValu is Ireland’s leading independent supermarket network with 192 independently owned SuperValu stores across Ireland employing over 15,000. 75 per cent of everything stocked in SuperValu is either produced or sourced in Ireland, representing a contribution of over €1.6 billion to the Irish economy.

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