Westport – headquartered retailing company, The Kavanagh Group, recently opened its state-of-the-art newly renovated SuperValu store in Clifden town centre, following a €550,000 investment. The renovation led to the creation of five new jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed in the store to 80, and follows similar major investment in the renovation of the Kavanagh Group’s stores in Castlebar and Westport in the last number of years.
The Clifden refurbishment focused on extending and improving the store’s fresh food offering, catering for increasing consumer demand for local and healthy food. The Clifden store now boasts an extended deli area serving an upmarket selection of hot and cold food and a new Frank and Honest gourmet barista coffee offering. Customers will also enjoy an expanded fresh food aisle, an extensive health section, a premium Italian range and a Food Academy aisle, which will be home to emerging local food suppliers and small producers. In addition there is a new cheese counter with an unrivalled selection of cheeses, many of which are seasonal and sourced locally.
Show of confidence
Commenting following the official opening, Noel Kavanagh, Kavanagh Group founder and MD, said they are delighted with the new store, adding that such significant investment is a real demonstration of his company’s confidence in the local economy and a further example of their commitment to go above and beyond to deliver on the needs of their customers.
“We have made a substantial investment to further underline our fresh food offering which SuperValu is renowned for and to bring great choice and value across the range,” he said. “We continue to provide even greater support to local suppliers through the Food Academy programme and we’re delighted that we have been able to create even more local employment in the process, highlighting the fact that we continue to repay our loyal customers by investing back into the local economy.”
The Kavanagh family have been serving the community in Clifden since 1988, and as in all their stores, work very closely with the local community and charities, supporting a wide range of organisations around the area. The Kavanagh Group operate large SuperValu stores across Mayo, Donegal, Northern Ireland and Budgens stores in the UK, where they continue to invest in their business. The company is family owned and managed, both in Ireland and the UK.
SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the state’s largest private sector employers. Seventy-five percent of all items on SuperValu shelves are sourced or produced in Ireland.
The Mayo News