Historic Cork SuperValu reopens after major revamp

Murphy's SuperValu has been in the same family of retailers for six generations. Pic: Facebook
Murphy's SuperValu has been in the same family of retailers for six generations. Pic: Facebook

The grand opening has taken place of the new-look SuperValu store in Castletownbere, Co. Cork, which has been in the same family of retailers for more than 180 years.

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24 November 2017 | 0

SuperValu has opened its expanded state-of-the-art, 15,000sq ft store at Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Murphy’s SuperValu is one of Ireland’s oldest and most established retail businesses, on the same premises for 187 years and operated by the same family for six generations.

The expanded 15,000-square foot store was opened by 104-year-old Marie Kerrisk, who worked at Murphy’s in the 1930s.

Murphy’s SuperValu was established by Daniel Murphy in 1830. Chris and Lorraine Downey are the current retailers, and have been running Murphy’s SuperValu since 2010. Their 15,000-square foot, state-of-the-art store is one of the largest employers in the area, employing a total of 65 people.

To mark the store opening, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon was on site to deliver a cookery master class, while Irish television and radio presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin kept consumers entertained during the festivities.

“We are delighted to open this new store to better serve our loyal customers and local community,” said Chris Downey. “This store has always been very special to us and has been a huge part of our family for generations. It’s hard to imagine that we have had a presence in Castletownbere since the 1830s, and our longevity is a testament to how much we invest in our local community. The store will allow us to build on our commitment to supporting local, and continue to deliver the best quality, value and service that our customers deserve.”

Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu said the store opening demonstrates the strength of SuperValu’s independent community retail model. “Murphy’s SuperValu has enjoyed a long and rich heritage,” he said, “and this new store will allow Chris & Lorraine and their team to continue serving the local community, delivering a unique combination of quality and innovative food, complemented by a tailored local offering.”

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