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€100k Cantina opens at Thomond Park

Cantina, the authentic Mexican street food experience by Topaz, has opened just opposite Thomond Park in Co Limerick. The store involved a €100,000 investment and the creation of six new jobs, and the opening was attended by Alan Quinlan, Munster Rugby legend and Cantina brand ambassador. Cantina Thomond Park is the fourth outlet to open and the first outside Dublin. The ...

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Karro Group bought for undisclosed sum

The Irish owners of major pig processors the Karro Group have sold the operation to a major private equity firm. Karro Food Group, formerly owned by Irish investment firm Endless LLP, received an offer by London-based investment firm CapVest, thought to be in the region of £180m. Headquartered in Malton, Yorkshire, the group operates a major plant in Cookstown which ...

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Applegreen ambition still strong

As Applegreen opened its latest motorway monolith on the way to Lisburn, Joe Barrett told Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer the company is not short on ambition Applegreen’s 2016 was huge. Along with adding a wealth of new dealerships, strengthening its hold in England and developing its presence in the US, the company managed to stop the traffic on opening ...

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Suresite added as latest Awards sponsor

Card services specialist Suresite has joined as one of the official sponsors of Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards. The high-profile company is sponsoring the Training Initiative of the Year category at this year’s awards, which take place on September 6, 2017. Suresite is a UK-based card services and risk management company with over 20 years of experience. The Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards is a ...

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Emo adding value at Castlebridge

Since making the switch to Emo, Louis Flannigan’s long-standing site in Castlebridge, Co Wexford, has seen sales soar with his value-led approach Flannigan’s Centra and Emo forecourt is now resident on the site of a family business that has been serving the Castlebridge community for over 80 years. Just a short drive north of Wexford town proper, the Flannigan’s first ...

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Tesco strikes hit performance

Strikes at a number of Tesco stores in Ireland have impacted the retailer’s performance, fresh data suggests. According to Kantar Worldpanel’s supermarket share figures, covering the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017, Tesco sales have dropped 1% following 11 days of industrial action by staff. Although the strikes affected only eight stores, Kantar Ireland director David Berry said “there was ...

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