Joyce’s Supermarkets celebrates 70 years in business
11 May 2021 | 0
Independent Galway-based grocer Joyce’s Supermarkets is celebrating seventy years in business this week. First opened by Patrick C Joyce in 1951, Joyce’s Supermarkets now operates ten supermarkets in the Co. Galway region and a central warehouse in Claregalway.
Joyce’s Supermarkets started as a small operation from a room at Church Road in Headford and largely operated as a ‘travelling shop’ delivering groceries directly to rural households. Over the past seventy years, the operation has expanded significantly, and the company now employs over 500 people in Galway.
Pat Joyce, managing director of Joyce’s Supermarkets said: “Our business began in 1951 as a small grocery store founded by my father on the site of our current Headford store. Seventy years is a notable achievement and milestone for our family business. While the retail environment has shifted over the years, community remains at the heart of the operations at Joyce’s Supermarkets. We are grateful for the support of our customers, including generations of the same families that would have who gotten their weekly shop from the ‘travelling shop’ sixty and seventy years ago. We look forward to continuing to serve the local community.”
With strong ties to the local community, Joyce’s Supermarkets places an emphasis on supporting local and Irish businesses. In 2020 alone, the company spent €20 million on Irish product lines.
“While there are many differences between the world in 2021 and the environment, we operated in seven decades ago, our main focus has always been on our customers and making shopping a memorable experience for them,” said Aisling Joyce, director of operations at Joyce’s Supermarkets. “Shopping has been a huge part of people’s lives during the pandemic and our staff have provided a welcome and friendly presence for our customers during this difficult period.”
Joyce’s Supermarkets operates ten supermarkets across Galway, with branches in Headford, Knocknacarra, Athenry, Tuam, Inverin, Ballybane, Fr. Griffin Road, Doughiska, Oranmore and Oughterard.