SuperValu plans to add 400 new jobs to its retail network as part of a €20 million investment programme
Apr 13 2012
Michael Morgan, sales director, Martin Kelleher, managing director and Eugene Scally, council chairman at the SuperValu Retail Conference in The Malton Hotel, Killarney, in March
SuperValu will add approximately 400 jobs over the next year, as five new stores are added to its network.
Almost 200 of these jobs will be created in new stores in Celbridge and Milltown Malbay, with the balance of jobs created by store extensions and other independent stores joining the SuperValu network.
These stores will be opened as part of a €20 million investment programme, which includes the refurbishment and revamps of 30 further stores.
Speaking at the SuperValu national conference in Killarney, which was attended by over 500 retail partners from 195 stores nationwide, Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu, said: “Despite a tough trading environment, 2011 was a good year for SuperValu with two billion in retail sales and achieving market share of almost 20%. We serve over two million customers per week and we believe it is our value proposition, our Irish sourcing policy and shoppers’ desire to shop locally in order to support their local communities and local jobs, that are driving this success.”
SuperValu only recently launched its own brand range of over 1,500 products which are said to be on average 33% cheaper than branded equivalents.
“In 2011 our retail partners invested €15 million in new stores, extensions and refurbishments across the network. The new stores were in Mountmellick, Manor Hamilton and Dun Laoghaire. With this year’s planned investment of €20 million by retailers, this is set to drive our workforce to well over 12,000.”
Kantar Market Data reports that SuperValu retains the largest market share of the beef, lamb and pork market in Ireland.