€7 million investment and 60 jobs created as new SuperValu store opens in Kilcock, co. Kildare

Pictured as they sampled some of the fresh baked bread were Kristine Ronne, Bakery dept with from left Edward Casey, SuperValu Kilcock Store Owner and Manager, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu and Steven Nally, SuperValu Kilcock Store
Pictured as they sampled some of the fresh baked bread were Kristine Ronne, Bakery dept with (L-R) Edward Casey, SuperValu Kilcock Store Owner and Manager, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu and Steven Nally, SuperValu Kilcock Store

SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, announced today that 60 jobs will be created at its new store in Kilcock, Co. Kildare. The new 12,000 square feet store, which represents a total investment of €7 million, is located in The Square, Kilcock and will be operated by local retailers Steven Nally and Edward Casey.

The market square site where the new store is situated was purchased from Kildare County Council as part of a major rejuvenation programme for Kilcock, bringing retail back to the town centre.

As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, the new Kilcock store has been tailored for the local community with a number of Kildare food producers supported through the Food Academy range, which showcases start-up food companies and helps give small producers a big chance.

A range of specialist staff will also be employed as part of an emphasis on fresh food, with a butcher counter, fish counter and fresh scratch bakery all available in-store. The new store also offers a dedicated health and wellness section as well as a 120 space car park. Customers will have access to the SuperValu online shopping service allowing customers to shop online and avail of a ‘click and collect’ or home delivery service.

Speaking at the opening, store owner Steven Nally said: “Eddie and I grew up just 10 minutes from Kilcock and opening this store is very special to both of us. We are proud to be helping to boost the local Kildare economy with the creation of 60 new jobs. Together with our two other stores in the county, we now employ 170 people in Kildare. As independent local retailers we are proud that SuperValu’s local sourcing policy has enabled us to support Kildare companies like Nutraplenish and AP Fine Foods Ltd in-store. These are examples of local Irish produce that you simply won’t be able to find in any other supermarket in Ireland which means that by shopping with us our customers are helping to put money back into the local economy.”

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, said: Today’s store opening demonstrates the strength of SuperValu’s independent community retail model, with this store owned and operated by local entrepreneurs from Kildare. This is a very exciting development and following significant investment, customers of the new store will be able to enjoy the great value, quality and choice which is synonymous with SuperValu.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 222 stores nationwide.Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Garvey’s Supervalu Tralee invests €2.2 million in store revamp

The Garvey Group, today opened its state of the art, newly renovated SuperValu in Tralee Town Centre following a €2.2 million investment. The renovation led to the creation of ten new jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed in the store to 90 and follows a €2.7 million renovation of their 16,450 sqft SuperValu store in Dingle last year.

The Tralee store refurbishment has focused on extending and improving the store’s fresh food offering, catering for increasing consumer demand for local and healthy food. The Tralee store now boasts an extended deli area serving an upmarket selection of hot and cold food and a new gourmet barista coffee offering in a newly designed seating space. Customers will also enjoy an expanded fresh food aisle, a health section and a Food Academy aisle which will be home to emerging local food suppliers and small producers. In addition there is a new cheese counter with an unrivalled selection of cheeses, many seasonal and many sourced locally.

Commenting on the announcement, Jim Garvey, Garvey Group said: “We are delighted with our new store here in Tralee which is a real demonstration of our confidence in the local economy and a further commitment to go above and beyond to deliver on our shoppers needs. We have made a substantial investment to further underline our fresh food offering which SuperValu is renowned for and to bring great choice and value across the range.  We continue to provide even greater support to local suppliers through the Food Academy programme and we’re delighted that we have been able to create even more local employment in the process, highlighting the fact that we continue to repay our loyal customers by investing back into the local economy.

The Garvey family have been serving communities in Munster since 1935 and currently have SuperValu supermarkets and Centra stores across Dingle, Castleisland, Listowel, Newcastlewest, Corbally, Dungarvan and Cobh. They work very closely with the local communities and charities, supporting a wide range of organisations such as Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry GAA, and Tidy Towns.

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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Supervalu Thomastown supports Kilkenny School of Food

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Pictured L-R is John Kelly, Head Gardener, School of Food with Eimear Delahunty and Pat Keating, from Grow it Yourself International

The Kilkenny School of Food, a community initiative led by volunteers in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, has had its first major success by gaining the support of the local SuperValu. Its crops, sown and harvested on site at the former boy’s national school, will now be available in SuperValu Thomstown shopping aisles.

Opened in January 2015, the School of Food’s one acre Market Garden, grown with the assistance of Grow It Yourself (GIY), boasts a wide selection of vegetables, fruit, herbs and salad crops which have been planted for use in the Chef Training and Cookery classes. A portion of the garden has been dedicated to rare and unusual vegetables such as sweet potato, oca and yacón.

Thanks to the support of Supervalu, the School of Food have a fully fitted training kitchen, classrooms and an incubation kitchen and will now proudly display their produce on SuperValu shelves. The Kilkenny School of Food aims to be an acclaimed training centre for aspiring and experienced professional chefs and a food hub for discourse, innovation and learning, achieved through strategic partnerships and community collaboration.

Commenting about the project, Ciara Humphreys, SuperValu Food Academy Project Support Manager, said: “We are delighted to support the School of Food on this exciting project and giving Kilkenny shoppers the chance to taste the best of local produce. As our stores are owned and operated by local entrepreneurs, we understand the importance of community and do more than any other grocery retailer to support local initiatives. We hope to see the Kilkenny School of Food go from strength to strength and help to produce the next success stories of the Irish food industry.”

Head Gardener at the Kilkenny School of Food, John Kelly, added: “It is really exciting to see community food projects take off and it is our great hope that this new initiative will bring a range of benefits to Thomastown. We couldn’t have done it without the support of local businesses like SuperValu and we’re delighted that the first crop has been harvested and is already on sale in SuperValu.”

SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.

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