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.