Connacht Gold’s new state of the art retail store and Garden Centre will officially open in Longford on Friday 27th April 2012. The investment brings six new jobs for the town and comes just weeks after the company opened the doors to a fully refurbished store in Westport following a €2.5m investment.
The size of our new premises has increased by more than four- fold. It now includes a 9,000 sq ft retail shop and a 4,000 sq ft garden centre, together with a 7,000 sq ft agri store and a substantial yard with ample parking.
Ahead of the opening, Connacht Gold Chairman Padraig Gibbons said Connacht Gold is very pleased to bring new facilities on stream at a time when investment in Longford and the west is so badly needed.
“We are delighted to be able to open two refurbished stores in close succession and to be creating much needed jobs,” said Mr Gibbons. “The new store will be great facility for our customers in Longford and we are hoping for fair weather and good trading over the coming summer months.
“Our investment in the Longford store is a further demonstration of the commitment of Connacht Gold to providing the most modern facilities for its customers, shareholders, and suppliers, said Mr Gibbons.”
Under the direction of the store manager Josephine Farrell, the store will offer the highest possible quality range and display of products as well as the highest standards of customer service.
The Connacht Gold Chairman said the acquisition of the milk and retail stores business from Donegal Creameries at the end of the last year increases the number of Connacht Gold Retail and Agri –Business stores to 41 across eight counties in the republic as well as Fermanagh and Tyrone in Northern Ireland.
The acquisition has brought total employment in the Connacht Gold to over 730 in 52 locations across the west and northwest. The co-op has 1,000 milk suppliers in 10 counties and is exporting dairy products to 20 countries.
The very strong growth of our business in Longford since we opened in March 2008 has given us the confidence to move to a substantially larger site, said Mr. Gibbons.