Connacht Gold is to create six new jobs in Longford this week as it gets set to open a new state of the art retail store and garden centre.
The co-operative, which employs over 500 people, made the announcement just as the finishing touches were put to the company’s fully refurbished store in Westport, Co Mayo following a €2.5m investment.
The Longford store’s newly re-designed premises now includes a 9,000 sq ft retail shop and 4,000 sq ft garden centre.
Giving his thumbs up to the investment, Connacht Gold Chairman Padraig Gibbons said the outlay highlighted its confidence in the Longford and wider midlands market.
“We are delighted to be able to open two refurbished stores in close succession and to be creating much needed jobs,” said Mr Gibbons.
“The new store will be a great facility for our customers in Longford and we are hoping for fair weather and good trading over the coming summer months.
“Our investment in the Longford store is a further demonstration of the commitment of Connacht Gold to providing the most modern facilities for its customers, shareholders, and suppliers,” said Mr Gibbons.
Under the direction of store manager Josephine Farrell, it’s envisaged the additional jobs will aid the co-op in its attempts to maxmise its all round market share.
The acquisition of the milk and retail stores business from Donegal Creameries at the end of the last year increases the number of Connacht Gold Retail and Agri-Business stores to 41, across eight counties in the Republic as well as Fermanagh and Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
Mr Gibbons said the development would bring total employment in Connacht Gold to well over the 700 mark in 52 locations across the west and northwest.
“The very strong growth of our business in Longford since we opened in March 2008 has given us the confidence to move to a substantially larger site,” said Mr. Gibbons.