15 new jobs to be created
SuperValu, the leading Irish grocery retailer, announced today that 15 new jobs will be created at its new store in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. SuperValu Kingscourt, operated by local businessman Eugene O’Gorman, will move from its current location to a nearby 14,875 square feet state-of-the-art new store, bringing the total number of employees to 50 and representing a total investment of €5 million.
As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, the Kingscourt store will continue to offer the local community a tailored offer, bringing consumers the very best of locally-sourced fresh produce from Cavan food producers including Baked with Love, Moran’s Jams and Preserves, Brehon Brewhouse and Aine’s Chocolates. These companies are participants on the Food Academy programme, a joint initiative by SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office which helps start-up food companies to bring their product to market.
The 15 new jobs which are to be created in-store include a number of specialist positions as part of SuperValu’s commitment to providing quality fresh food, with a new butcher counter, hot food delicatessen and bakery all available in-store.
A total of 15 local contractors and suppliers including O’Reilly Concrete Products Kingscourt, Billy O’Connor Construction Kingscourt and Barley Stone Kingscourt were engaged to deliver on this ambitious construction project. The new store will include some exciting additions, including a dedicated health and wellness zone, access to free wi-fi, and the introduction of Frank and Honest coffee, a new gourmet coffee range from SuperValu which will also be available in store.
Speaking at the opening, store owner Eugene O’Gorman, who also owns O’Gorman’s SuperValu in Carrickmacross said, “Through growing my partnership with SuperValu, I am very proud to be generating employment and helping to boost the local economy with the creation of 15 in-store jobs for the Kingscourt locality, as well as the numerous contractors from the area who worked on this project. As an independent local retailer, I am also proud that SuperValu’s local sourcing policy enables me to support Cavan food companies such as Baked with Love, Moran’s Jams and Preserves, Brehon Brewhouse and Aine’s Chocolates. These are examples of local Irish produce that you simply won’t be able to find in any other supermarket, which allows our customers to support the local economy when shopping with us.”
Commenting on the announcement, Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu said, “At SuperValu we are committed to building vibrant communities and through supplier partnerships and local employment, we look forward to continuing to contribute to the Kingscourt community. This is a very exciting development and following significant investment, customers of the new store will be able to enjoy even more of 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.