SuperValu is to create approximately 400 jobs in the next year, with 200 being generated through two store openings in Kildare and Clare.
Apart from the new locations in Celbridge and Miltown Malbay, the rest of the positions will be created through store extensions and the amalgamation of other independent stores into the SuperValu network.
“These stores will be opened as part of a €20 million investment programme, which includes the refurbishment and revamps of 30 further stores,” it said.
SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher said that, despite the tough trading environment, 2011 had been a good year for the company, with €2bn in retail sales and a market share of almost 20%.
“We serve two million customers per week and we believe it is our value proposition, our Irish sourcing policy and shoppers’ desire to shop locally in order to support their local communities and local jobs that are driving this success,” he told the SuperValu national conference in Killarney. He added that this year’s €20m investment would bring its workforce to over 12,000 people. It has 195 stores and claims to be the only retailer with a store in every county.
In 2011, SuperValu’s retail partners invested €15m in new stores, extensions and refurbishments across the network. The new stores were in Mountmellick, Manor Hamilton and Dun Laoghaire.
Meanwhile, the Contact Centre Management Association (CCMA) is to host a free “contact centre and outsourcing” jobs fair today with over 20 companies participating and over 500 vacancies on offer.
The fair at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel from 10am-8pm is aimed at jobseekers and those considering a change in career.
Among those present will be multinationals such as Accenture, Dell, PayPal, SAP, ServiceSource, UPC and Zynga, along with a number of outsourcing companies, such as Concentrix, Performance Marketing, VoxPro and Zevas.
The jobs fair will provide attendees with information and advice on seeking employment in the contact centre sector and will also offer training opportunities with the CCMA Ireland Skillnet.
There will be a series of free seminars at 11am, 2pm and 6pm outlining the range of training programmes.
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