A NEW Tesco store opened on Monday this week, creating 43 new local jobs. Located in the town centre, the new store replaces the existing Tesco Roscrea store which closed for business on Saturday 27th. Forty four staff will transfer over to work in the new store, bringing to 87 the total amount of people employed by Tesco in the town.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Paul O’Meara, Tesco Roscrea Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to open our new store in Roscrea which will help more consumers from the area to shop locally and will offer great prices on a wide choice of grocery and lifestyle products. At present we have created 43 new jobs in the local community. We look forward to continuing our long and positive relationship with the local community in Roscrea. ”
The announcement forms part of Tesco Ireland’s E120 million investment programme for 2011/12 which was announced in June. Extending until summer 2012, the company’s investment programme will see the creation of 757 new jobs across the country with the opening of four new supermarkets, as well as seven Express stores and the replacement store in Roscrea.
Local suppliers to Tesco Roscrea include O’Donnell’s Crisps from Clonmel, Cashel Blue Cheese made by J&L Grubb Ltd in Fethard and The Scullery from Nenagh. Tesco now employs over 14,000 people nationally and is one of the biggest supporters of the Irish food and drink industry, with €655 million worth of exports of Irish food into the Tesco Group annually.
Consistent with Tesco’s global commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2012, Tesco Roscrea features many environmental initiatives making the store more carbon efficient than a comparable conventional supermarket. The store has a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit which generates some of the store’s electricity requirement, along with a state of the art motion detection lighting system and CO2 cooled fridges and freezers which all help to reduce the store’s carbon footprint. The new Tesco Roscrea store will open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 8pm on Sunday.