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Exclusive franchises feature in Maxol’s largest ever NI site

Maxol’s biggest ever service station in Northern Ireland is creating 60 jobs in Ballymena and features exclusive food franchises, including Freshly Chopped and Abrakebabra. The site, along the A26 in Tannaghmore, County Antrim , represents a £3.75 million investment and opened at the beginning of May. In a first for Northern Ireland and the UK and a forecourt exclusive for ...

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Freshii to create 100 jobs with ten NI stores

Global healthy eating fast food chain, Freshii, is to create 100 jobs as it aims to open nine new stores in Northern Ireland. The innovative food-to-go specialist held a launch event for its first Northern Ireland store in Donegall Square West, Belfast, on April 26, where CEO of Freshii Ireland Dave O’Donoghue revealed details of the brand’s NI ambitions. Following the ...

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Enter the biggest awards of the year now!

Entries are flooding in for the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards 2017, which is set to be one of the most exciting competitions in the award’s history. The past 12 months has seen an acceleration in innovation and investment, with the opening of some of the most spectacular forecourts and convenience stores in Irish retailing history. And bold strides ...

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Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit to reveal speakers

The world-class roster of speakers featuring in the most exciting retailing conference of the year will soon be revealed, according to the event’s organisers. Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit will inspire and motivate the local industry when it takes place in the Clayton on Burlington Road, Dublin, on September 6. The day-long event follows on from the successful Ireland’s Forecourt & ...

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Business to benefit from LCC acquisition

Cheaper bills could be on the way for local businesses after Cookstown-based energy firm, LCC, acquired the Cloghan Point oil terminal near Carrickfergus. The multi-million pound acquisition will see LCC, which owns the GO forecourt brand, invest £15 million in the facility to accommodate larger tankers of up to 120,000 tonnes’ capacity. Currently, most tankers docking in Irish ports are ...

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Musgrave MarketPlace raise over €43k for Simon Community

Musgrave MarketPlace stores across Ireland raised over €43,000 last year for their charity partner, the Simon Community. The Simon Community provides much-needed services to over 8,300 people across the country, such as providing housing with support, specialist health services, emergency accommodation and rough sleeper outreach teams. In 2016, all ten Musgrave MarketPlace stores participated in national fundraising initiatives, including coffee ...

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Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit to ‘inspire’ as sales soar

Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit will inspire further growth in the market, its organisers have said, as new figures show retail sales soar by 3.3% over the past year. The February 2017 retail sales index from the Central Statistics Office show an annualised sales increase of 3.3% in Ireland. And according to its organisers, the Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit taking place ...

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State aid package needed to mitigate Brexit – Ibec

The CEO of a major Irish business group has called for a state aid package for Irish business to mitigate the “risk of a divisive, damaging Brexit divorce”. Responding to the triggering of Article 50 by the UK on Wednesday, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said the UK was “crashing out of the EU without a new trade deal or transitional ...

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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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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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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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