SuperValu and Centra MD Ian Allen voices concerns on rising costs to retailers

SuperValu and Centra MD Ian Allen

Government needs to understand that independent community-based businesses cannot withstand the relentless pressures they are facing, says CSNA

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The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) was comforted to note the serious comments made by Supervalu and Centra MD Ian Allen during the course of the press briefings on foot of the (once again) impressive sales reports for 2021.

There is no doubt that the government needs to understand that independent community-based businesses such as those owned by CSNA members cannot withstand the relentless pressures they are facing with increasing inputs in wages, energy and a surfeit of business costs, the association said.

“The government needs to step up and do more for independent retailers who are facing increased labour costs, rising energy prices, supply constraints, high insurance premiums and the added pressure of State schemes like pension auto-enrolment,” Ian Allen said.

“If you add all of that, the punitive impact on our sector is absolutely staggering, and it doesn’t feel like it’s being approached or viewed in that way,” Allen continued. “If these cost pressures go unchecked or unaddressed, then we are going to end up with business failures. We are going to end up with employment being hit.”

 

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