Further boost for Cork jobs
Cork received a massive boost this week, with the announcement of 54 jobs in Douglas, Fermoy and Kinsale.
Two announcements come from Aldi and Centra who are opening a store in Douglas after investment by the Kevin O'Leary group.
Aldi have created 15 jobs on the Dublin Road in Fermoy with their store opening last Thursday, the fourteenth store in Cork.
We are delighted to be opening our new Fermoy store and look forward to welcoming many new customers from the local area,” said Colm Barker, Manager at Aldi Fermoy.
“We will be offering our customers a carefully selected range of exclusive own label brands at very competitive prices. Our discounted prices are guaranteed week in, week out."
Suppliers from the local area include Silver Pail Dairy of Fermoy, who supply Aldi’s Killeigh Farm ice cream range, Irish Yogurts based in Clonakilty, who supply many of Aldi’s Irish yogurts and Horgan’s of Mitchelstown, who supply Aldi’s mascarpone and ricotta cheeses.
Closer to the city, Centra have opened at the Kevin O’Leary showrooms on the South Douglas Road after a €1 million investment by the O'Leary group in the 6,000 square foot store and café.
“We are delighted to be opening our third Centra store and creating 30 new jobs,” said store owner Kevin O’Leary.
“Based between Douglas and Turners Cross, and including a café/restaurant, we feel that it will provide a valuable service to the people of Douglas and surrounding areas. The store has been carefully planned to meet the needs of the local community, local schools and the many commuters on the South Douglas Road each day.
"It will be one of Cork’s largest Centra Stores and we can assure customers of high standards of service, choice, and convenience. We are determined to provide excellent value, range and quality in a modern and bright environment.”
The Kevin O’Leary Group has been involved with the Centra brand for over 17 years and currently operates two other Centra stores and forecourt businesses at Irishtown, Bandon and New Road, Bandon. They also operate three high volume Opel and Honda motor retail dealerships. Audi Cork will continue to operate from the adjacent site on the South Douglas Road.
Meanwhile, Kinsale Gourmet announced nine jobs as they launch their range of sea vegetable meals, specifically seaweed.
The new company has created six full time and three part time positions under the guidance of owner Owen O’Brien.
“Here in Ireland, we have an outstanding reputation for our fine quality fish and shellfish,” said Owen.
“Internationally, there’s now huge interest in the health benefits of seaweed. It’s considered a true ‘super-food’, packed with an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals, including some relatively rare trace elements. There’s a definite buzz about the nutritional significance of seaweed; because of our rich seafood heritage in Ireland, I spotted a superb opportunity to formulate the very first range of premium Irish ready-prepared dishes incorporating the unique health attributes of sea vegetables.”
Kinsale Gourmet will operate from a state-of-the-art production facility in Barrack Lane, Kinsale while the new jobs will be created within the areas of production, sales development and administration.