PENNEYS is set to create up to 700 new jobs in Ireland – with several new stores on the way.
The move is part of a 250 million euro investment and redevelopment program by Primark, an international retailer called Penneys in Ireland.
It will see the retailer increase its total retail footprint in Ireland by 20% over the next decade.
The plan will include many new stores and expansion of existing stores across the country.
A new 43,000 square meter store will open in The Square, Tallaght in the fall of 2022 and will bring the total number of Penneys stores in Ireland to 37.
A new 5550,000 sq ft distribution center in Newbridge, Co Kildare recently received a planning permit, which is slated to open in early 2024.
The Penney’s Carlow store is moving to a larger building and will reopen next summer.
A €60 million investment in the redevelopment and expansion of the Patrick Street store in Cork has also been given the green light.
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Another 20 million euros will be dedicated to the expansion of the Eyre Square store in Galway, which opens in the spring of 2023.
Several more store extensions will be announced in the coming months.
Primark is also recruiting for 100 new roles over the next six months at its global headquarters at Arthur Ryan House, based on the Penneys flagship store on Dublin’s Mary Street.
These roles in areas such as Technology, Purchasing and Sales, Design, Sustainability, Store Development, Finance and Human Resources, will continue to build Primark’s global team of approximately 1,000 employees.
Tanaiste and Employment and Corporate Trade Minister Leo Varadkar TD described the news as a “really strong vote of confidence” in the Irish retail sector.
“This announcement is a really strong vote of confidence in the retail sector, with investment planned for stores in cities and towns across the country,” he said.
“It creates significant jobs with 700 new jobs and will also help ensure access to our towns and cities as we emerge from the pandemic.
“Penneys is one of Ireland’s most renowned retailers and also an international success story, having driven significant expansion globally over the past few years.
“Much of this success is due to access to the talented workforce in Ireland. I wish Penneys continued success in its expansion in Ireland and globally.”
Primark CEO Paul Merchant said he was proud to announce the investment in Ireland because Primark takes its Irish customers very seriously.
“We are proud to announce a significant long-term investment in our Penneys business to improve and grow our stores in Ireland by creating 700 new jobs across the country,” he said. country.
“We take our extremely loyal Irish customers very seriously, who have supported us over the years.
“But even as we grow internationally, Ireland will always be our first and home market, and we remain as committed as ever to our employees, customers and partners. your store here.
“Our investment plans demonstrate the confidence and commitment we have in Penneys in Ireland: we plan to remain at the heart of Irish retail for a long time to come. “.
Known for offering trendy clothes at low prices, Penneys The brand has grown from humble beginnings on Dublin’s Mary Street, where it opened its first store in 1969.
Known as Primark outside of Ireland, the company is the brainchild of Garfield Weston, who hired Dubliner Arthur Ryan to make his vision a reality.
The company has been a member of the Ethical Commerce Initiative since 2006 and has more than 75,000 employees and more than 15 million square feet of retail space.
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