Louth’s new Minister for Jobs, deputy Ged Nash, has praised Tesco Extra Dundalk for taking people off the live register and offering the employment.
Forty-nine new jobs have been created at the store, and 28 of them have gone to people previously out of work.
“This is in line with Go vernment policy,” Minister Nash told The Democrat. “I’ve spoken to An Tanaiste about this, and a key element in job creation is taking people from the live register.
“Five hundred people are now employed by Tesco in Louth and I would like to see other multinationals follow this line.”
The minister said he would hope that people entering the retail business would go on to further their career by specialising in that field.
“Retail is an important part of my remit as Minister for Business and Employment,” he said, “and as part of my role I will be chairing a retail consultation forum which will have a particular focus on identifying areas where actions can be taken by all stakeholders to support the recovery of the sector.
“I congratulate Tesco and wish them and their employees well with their new store.
“I welcome the opening of the Tesco Extra store in Dundalk and in particular the creation of 49 new jobs for the area. Crucial to Ireland’s recovery is consumer demand and I am delighted that with Tesco’s refurbished store is a signal of growing confidence in the retail sector. This job creation is an important boost for the area.
Tesco Ireland Chief Operating Officer Geoff Byrne said
“We’re also delighted that our colleagues who worked in the previous store have transferred to the new store meaning that we have a total of 174 people working in Tesco Extra Dundalk. We have invested €28million in the store refurbishment and we hope all of our customers enjoy the new store layout which is designed to provide an enhanced shopping experience with an increased focus on fresh local produce.”
Brian Farrell, store manager Tesco Extra Dundalk said over 50,000 customers have come through the doors since they opened last Saturday.
“This exceeded all our expectations for our first week. The feedback from customers has been really positive so far. In particular, our new fresh counter, bakery and clothing areas are very popular and customers also like our new community space which is free for locals to use for a variety of activities such as yoga, social committee meetings, art classes and more. We look forward to welcoming all of our customers to the new store over the coming weeks and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents in the local area for their continued support throughout the development of our new store.”
Over 90 per cent of employees are from Dundalk and the surrounding area.
Tesco Ireland has over 30,000 different produce lines across its 146 Irish stores and the new Tesco Extra store in Dundalk features almost 25,000 product lines.