New Centra store creates 30 new jobs in Cork

Kevin O’Leary, Ian Allen, Centra sales director and John O’Leary
Kevin O’Leary, Ian Allen, Centra sales director and John O’Leary

Following a €1 million investment, a new 6,000 sq ft Centra store and adjoining cafe has been opened by local businessmen John and Kevin O’Leary in Cork



7 August 2012

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Centra has announced the opening of a new store and cafe at the Kevin O’Leary Group showrooms on the South Douglas Road in Cork.  Creating 30 jobs and following a €1million investment, the 6,000 sq ft store and adjoining cafe owned and operated by local businessmen John and Kevin O’Leary opened on 3 August. 

Kevin O’Leary Group has been involved with the Centra brand for over 17 years and currently operates two other Centra stores and forecourt businesses at Irishtown, Bandon and New Road, Bandon. They also operate three high volume Opel & Honda motor retail dealerships. Audi Cork will continue to operate from the adjacent site.

Kevin O’Leary Centra will provide the local area with convenient shopping facilities, placing a strong emphasis on delivering value to local shoppers as well as providing a fresh and innovative all day food selection. 

Store owner, Kevin O’Leary said: “We are delighted to be opening our third Centra store and creating 30 new jobs. Based between Douglas and Turners Cross, and including a café/restaurant, we feel that it will provide a valuable service to the people of Douglas and surrounding areas. The store has been carefully planned to meet the needs of the local community, local schools and the many commuters on the South Douglas Road each day.  It will be one of Cork’s largest Centra stores and we can assure customers of high standards of service, choice, and convenience. We are determined to provide excellent value, range and quality in a modern and bright environment”.

He continued, “Our convenient location, extensive deli, bakery and top class wine offering, as well as ATM and easy access with parking for 60 cars, makes us the perfect regular store for commuters as well as the local community.  We will be open from 7am to 10 pm seven days a week and the store will excel through its fresh food range throughout the day.”

Commenting on the store opening, Ian Allen, Centra sales director, said, “Centra is committed to working with local retailers to create and maintain sustainable communities across Ireland, providing jobs, and supporting local initiatives and sponsorships.  Centra retailers are driven by the fact that they own their own stores and live and work in the communities they serve. This new store has made a crucial investment in the local economy, providing excellent range and value for money to consumers in the Douglas area, while supporting local jobs with the direct and indirect employment this new store has created.”




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