Shaws opening may spark retail influx

Shaws will locate their Longford store in the former Centra premises on the Market Square. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Senior bosses from department store chain Shaws have not ruled out the possibility of creating further jobs following recent confirmation of their impending arrival in Longford town.

Senior bosses from department store chain Shaws have not ruled out the possibility of creating further jobs following recent confirmation of their impending arrival in Longford town.

Last week, the Leader was the first to reveal the firm’s successful purchase of a vacant unit on the town’s Market Square.

Initially, that move had expected to lead to around 15 full and part time jobs. But should the company’s new store return positive turnover figures, further expansion is something company chiefs would consider.

“If we build a successful trade in Longford, yes we would look to develop further as we have found in the past that if we can get the local community to support us, we in turn create more employment,” said Shaws retail director Ian Fanning.

The announcement, made early last week, was swiftly accompanied by similar commitments by both Iceland and €urogiant to set up in Longford.

Mr Fanning said that may entice others to follow suit.

We are confident that with the service level we provide we will enhance the retail offer in the town and encourage other retailers to join us in Longford,” he said.