Frozen food chain Iceland are planning to open their new Longford town store by Christmas, the Leader understands.
Contracts for the purchase of a premises located at Longford Business Park, just off the Athlone Road were signed last week.
Now company bosses are setting about re-fitting the unit which previously had been home to fellow retailing firm, Costcutters.
Fintan McGill, of Longford town estate agents Sherry Fitzgerald McGill, said the supermarket chain had already started work on their newly acquired Longford base with the prospect of 15 additional jobs also promised.
“After 18 months of toing and froing, it’s finally a done deal,” he said.
One of the main exponents in helping broker the deal, Cllr Peggy Nolan, said the news was a welcome vote of confidence in the county.
“This goes back about two years,” she said. “I am delighted the contracts have been signed and it shows just what can be achieved when people believe in Longford.”
The local councillor also spoke of the disparaging remarks some critics had aired in recent months about the protracted nature of the Iceland deal.
“People can say what they like. I have always stayed positive [about concluding negotiations]. The public know what I am about. I will always give 110 per cent because I love Longford and always will do.”