Shopping centre and retail park to provide 14 new jobs

FOURTEEN food service jobs come on stream in two separate restaurant openings in Cork’s Mahon Point shopping centre and in its nearby retail park this week.

And traffic improvements due to start shortly at the notorious Mahon Point entrance junction should see a 25% capacity access increase at peak times, says centre manager Justin Young.

Due to open today is a coffee kiosk at the Mahon Point Retail Park, which is anchored by B&Q. It’s the first food offering in the retail park, occupied by the likes of Halfords, Home Store, Hickeys, Argos, and Currys, next to motor dealers Johnson and Perrott.

Just across the road, construction continues meanwhile on a new €50 million office block, City Gate 11, with 150 construction jobs on site in yet another positive Mahon move, with Quest Software due to take part-occupation by year’s end for 150 jobs.

Today sees locally-owned independent coffee house Bean and Leaf commence serving drinks and sandwiches in a 1,000 sq ft stand-alone kiosk by Mahon Point Retail Park’s entrance. It will provide four full-time and two part-time jobs, said owner Eddie Vaughan, who owns juice bars in the Mahon shopping centre, and in the English Market in the city centre.

“I’m confident there’s a business there, it will be a break for people during shopping, or maybe to drop into to consider a big purchase,” he said.

Opened earlier this week in the main shopping centre was Ginzeng Oriental Food to Go, employing eight in a unit in the centre’s refurbished foodcourt, joining fast-food operators like McDonald’s, KFC, Eddie Rockets, Bagel Bar and Abrakebabra.

Ginzeng operates in Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley and Whitewater Shopping Centres, as well as in the North. Sit-down restaurants include Ristorante del Arte, which opened late last year, and Nandos.

Mahon Point employs about 1,200, with a further 300 in the retail park, said centre manager Mr Young, who added that road junction and signalling improvement were due to start in the next few months


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