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New Tesco Ballincollig store opened by Derval O’Rourke

Friday, October 24, 2014: Tesco Ireland has created 104 new jobs at its new Tesco Ballincollig store, which was officially opened today by Olympic athlete Derval O’Rourke.  The store will employ 125 people in total, with 39 coming from the live register including 11 graduates from the Tesco Positive2Work Programme.  60% of staff are from the local area, with Tesco now employing nearly 15,000 people nationally and over 1,100 in county Cork.

Speaking at the official opening, Derval O’Rourke said, “As a proud Cork woman, I am delighted to officially open this new Tesco Ballincollig store, which is a great boost to the local community.   I am also delighted to kick-start the fundraiser ‘tread-milling for Temple St’, Tesco’s new charity of the year, which has me kitted out in the runners once again, but will hopefully help raise valuable funds for the Children’s hospital!  It’s great to see everyone enjoying the fantastic live jazz band as well here today ahead of the long weekend.  I want to wish Tesco and all the employees here in Ballincollig well with their new store.”

Alan Coughlan, Tesco Ballincollig store manager, said: “Our new store offers the best of fresh and local food to customers, with the community at the heart of the shopping experience.  In addition to our new charity of the year partnership with Temple Street which Derval has helped us highlight today, Tesco Ireland has recently launched an exciting new initiative, the Tesco Community Fund, which will specifically support local Ballincollig charities here in our community.  We’re also delighted to be able to channel our surplus food to the local Ballincollig initiatives that need it most using the innovative foodcloud app technology, which we are also rolling out across all of our stores in Ireland.  Being a local man myself I’m delighted to be opening this store in Ballincollig.  We want shoppers to enjoy the experience and now look forward to welcoming customers through our doors in the coming weeks.”

The new store, which is located in Ballincollig town centre, measures 32,000 square feet of net retail space and has over 300 covered car parking spacesIt offers an extensive range of fresh food including a butcher, fish counter and bakery.  The store is stocked with hundreds of locally produced products including honey from Healy’s Honey, bread from O’Keeffe’s Bakery and Denise’s Delicious Gluten Free Bakery, all from Ballincollig.  It also features a pizza counter, salad bar and sandwich bar to help busy shoppers who need food on-the-go. 

The Tesco Positive2work programme, which is now in its second year, is a collaboration between the Department of Social Protection, Tesco Ireland, Positive2Work, Skillnets and the Education and Training Boards, all of whom have been involved in delivering the programme.   Tesco’s support for the Irish economy has been confirmed at €2.7 billion per year.  Of this, over €705.8 million is the export of Irish food products to the Tesco business worldwide, (mainly UK and other European countries) making Tesco the second largest market for Irish food exports worldwide, exceeding exports to France, Germany or USA. Tesco accounts for up to 9% of Irish food exports.

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For further press information please contact:

Aoife Donohoe, Head of PR, Tesco Ireland