NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs to send seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is sending seven young butchers to Ireland for the World Butchers’ Challenge in Belfast, in March 2018.

Alana Empson, Amy Jones, Ben Henry, Jeremy Garth, Luka Young, Samantha Weller and Zak Grammer are among the top young butchers in New Zealand, and all of them work in Foodstuffs’ supermarkets. Amy, Ben and Luka are competing in the World Young Butchers event, and Samantha will also represent New Zealand in the World Apprentice Butcher event.

 

Zak and Jeremy are members of the Pure South Sharp Blacks – New Zealand’s national butchery team. Zak is the Butchery Manager at New World Eastridge in Auckland and Jeremy is the Butchery Manager at New World Ferry Road in Christchurch.

Jeremy joined the trade straight out of secondary school.

“I went on work experience to a retail butcher shop and they offered me a job, so that was it. I love the different challenges of the job and the potential to be creative.”

Jeremy is enjoying coming up with new sausage flavours.

“Beef, blue cheese and mushrooms is a favourite with our customers. I’ve also just made a lamb, garlic and mint sausage which is starting to take off too.”

He is looking forward to the learning opportunities the Ireland trip will bring.

“There will be 11 other countries there and we’ll learn a lot from the other butchers. We’re also going to do a retail study tour while we’re there, so I think we’ll pick up some ideas for new products too.”

Zak Grammer followed his father’s footsteps into the industry, having helped in the family butchery from the age of 5. At 13 he started helping out with the Christmas rush, and at 17 he began his apprenticeship under his father’s tutelage.

“I think butchers are becoming the next rock stars of the food industry. We’re starting to get recognised more, in the food industry especially,” he says.

“It’s given me the opportunity to spend time overseas. I spent four years in London and learned new skills while I was there. I got to work for Jamie Oliver as well, which was pretty cool.

“You get to work with a good bunch of people. It’s a good environment. We have a laugh and a bit of a sing out the back – there’s a fair bit of camaraderie,” he says.

Luka works with Zak at New World Eastridge and is one of the young butchers who will be competing in Ireland. He has been working as a butcher since finishing school and now regularly competes at butchery competitions and says the level of talent coming through the industry gets better every year.

Ben Henry is also one of the young butchers representing New Zealand in Ireland next year. He did his apprenticeship in Dunedin at New World Centre City and quickly proved his talent by winning the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition. He moved to Wellington last year and now works at New World Thorndon. Ben also made this year’s final of the Alto Butcher of the Year competition.

Butchery has traditionally been a male-dominated trade, but Foodstuffs has several female butchers working in its supermarkets, including three who are going to Ireland.
Amy Jones works at New World Taumarunui. She won last year’s Alto Young Butcher Competition and will be competing next year in Ireland.

“I started my apprenticeship in 2011 at New World Taumarunui after four years in in the freezing works at Te Kuiti. I am still thoroughly enjoying the trade.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in Ireland. It is such an amazing outcome, all from entering into the Alto and Competenz butchery competitions! I highly recommend that other apprentices and butchers give it a shot, it’s inspirational to see what else goes on with other apprentices and butchers at these competitions, and after that you might just win the experience of a lifetime,” she says.

Samantha Weller is the 2017 Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year and works at New World Rangiora.

“I started working here about four-and-a-half years ago as a meat packer, when I was 19. I was working part-time and studying to be an early childhood educator. I finished my course but then my manager at New World offered me the apprenticeship. I’ve always found the trade interesting, so it was a no-brainer.

“I’d tell anyone looking into the apprenticeship that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’d recommend it to anyone with a genuine interest. Breaking down the carcases and creating cuts is one of my favourite things. Last year my pork and fennel sausage won gold in the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition,” Sam says.
Alana Empson works at PAK’nSAVE Clarence Street in Hamilton, where she is second in command in the butchery department. She is not competing in Ireland but is joining the group for the retail study tour.

“I have had some amazing opportunities over the last couple of years. After winning NZ Young Butcher of the Year 2015, I was invited to compete in the inaugural International Young Butcher of the Year competition as part of the World Butchers Challenge held on the Gold Coast in September 2016. I was competing against some incredible butchers from New Zealand, Australia, France and England and managed to get the win.

“Earlier this year I competed in the Butcher Wars competition at Meatstock in Auckland and in Sydney. These two competitions really tested me, as we only had 30 minutes to cut, display and present a side of lamb and a half saddle of pork. I was up against 19 highly skilled and experienced butchers – all of them male. I was so chuffed to come away with fourth place at the Auckland event.”

Alana started her career in the grocery industry as a check-out operator at New World Waiuku. A position came up in the butchery, and after one lesson in boning out beef, she was hooked.

“I love my job because each day is different,” Alana says. “One day I could be doing a stocktake or placing orders and the next I could be down on the back bench with the boys, filling vol-au-vents and making Beef Wellington.

“My favourite part of the job is when we do a specialised cut for a customer and they come back and give us feedback on how well it cooked and how good it tasted.”

Alana encourages other young women to consider butchery as a career.

“I have seen a gradual change away from the physical tasks butchers are more commonly known for (breaking and boning beef etc) to being more about value-added cuts; building relationships with customers and having a solid knowledge about cooking and flavour combinations. It’s a great career for anyone that loves cooking, loves food and has creative flair.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

SPAR Ireland launches new community initiative to deliver life-saving defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket

Ireland, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Ireland has launched a new community initiative, which aims to deliver a life-saving defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket. There are currently 50 EUROSPAR Supermarkets nationwide ensuring new defibrillators become available throughout the country – many in areas where a defibrillator is not currently available.

Michael Lyster of RTÉ (Radio, Television Ireland) was on hand to help launch the initiative at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin with Malachy Hanberry, EUROSPAR Managing Director and David Menzies, Co Chair and Medical Director, Cardiac First Responders Ireland. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest in 2015 and had to be resuscitated by the Cardiac First Responders. Therefore, he fully understands the importance of publically accessible defibrillators in our communities: “I am delighted to help launch the Defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket initiative as this equipment can really mean the difference between life and death. Having a defibrillator in a public space raises the profile of heart disease and ensures that people know where to find one when an emergency occurs. I look forward to the day when every EUROSPAR Supermarkets has a defibrillator in place,” he said.

The Defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket initiative will raise funds for the installation of a publically accessible, automatic external defibrillator (AED) located outside the EUROSPAR Supermarket. Funds will be raised through instore collection, community fund-raising activities and contributions from the sale of a selection of SPAR Own Brand products.

According to Malachy Hanberry, EUROSPAR Managing Director, “EUROSPAR Supermarkets are located at the heart of local communities. Therefore we wanted to come up with an initiative that looks after the well-being of the people in our communities and what better way than to install defibrillators outside our stores. EUROSPAR is focused, in a very tangible way, on helping to save lives in your local community.”

EUROSPAR, in partnership with CFR Ireland, will provide “chain of survival” awareness and CPR training in the local community as well as training for retailers and staff members. This training and awareness will be carried out by local Community First Responders to coincide with the installation of the AED at local stores.

Each AED is automated to produce a report tracking the status of the machine and highlighting any issues on a daily basis. It is EUROSPAR’s intention that each AED will be registered on the National Ambulance Service (NAS), CFR Ireland and other local defibrillator databases.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR announces Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as its new national charity partner

Ireland, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR has announced that Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will be its new national charity partner for the next two years. SPAR has vowed to raise up to €300,000 during this time for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland through collection boxes in 400 SPAR stores nationwide, a donation on selected SPAR Own Brand products and a number of key events.

To mark this new partnership, SPAR Ireland recently hosted a coffee morning at luxury Dublin members club, Residence. The event was attended by well-known cystic fibrosis campaigner, Jillian McNulty, who successfully campaigned for the government funding of the Orkambi drug, which is used to treat the underlying causes of the disease.

Philip Watt, CEO Cystic Fibrosis Ireland said: “We would like to thank SPAR for choosing Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as their chosen charity. CF is a genetically inherited disease that primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. Ireland has the highest incidence of cystic fibrosis in the world. Unfortunately there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, but medical and scientific research has greatly improved the treatment of this disease in recent years.”

Willie O’Byrne, Managing Director, BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR Brand in Ireland) said: “SPAR is proud to work with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as our charity partner. We hope that our support will continue to help improve the quality of the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis in Ireland. Aside from our charity boxes in stores, we will also be making a regular donation from the sale of our SPAR Own brand products and be involved in a number of fundraising events to raise as much funds as possible for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.”

The funds raised by SPAR will be used to support the independent living of those with cystic fibrosis. Those living with this disease face many challenges in areas such as education, health, housing, employment and family support.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) is a voluntary organisation that was set up in 1963 to improve treatment and facilities for people with cystic fibrosis in Ireland. CFI seeks to provide the best possible quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis by raising funds through fundraising and donations from the public.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series

 

Dublin, Ireland, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A SPAR-sponsored running event took place recently in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Over 3,000 people participated in the 5 and 10k races, many of whom were taking part in an official run for the first time.

The running series forms part of a larger healthy living campaign called SPAR FitLive, a free eight-week-long fitness programme that offers exercise tips, weekly workouts and running plans. Those who sign up now can put their fitness levels to the test in the second leg of the SPAR FitLive running series at the Cork Airport Runway Run on Friday 17 November.

“SPAR has a long heritage of athletics sponsorship so the SPAR Fitlive programme is a natural fit for our brand,” said Colin Donnelly, SPAR Ireland Sales Director.

“Health and wellbeing is a big focus for us at SPAR Ireland, having just launched our Better Choices initiative last year. We believe the SPAR FitLive Series is another great initiative for families because it helps to promote a healthy lifestyle in the home and community. We’ve very proud to be a part of this new venture.”

Those interested in improving their fitness and wellbeing can take part by registering on FitLive.ie.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

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Bunnings Warehouse opens new store in Milton Keynes; its fourth and largest store in the UK and Ireland

Bunnings Warehouse opens new store in Milton Keynes; its fourth and largest store in the UK and Ireland

 

Perth, Australia, 2017-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fourth, and largest, Bunnings Warehouse in the UK and Ireland opened its doors to customers on Thursday 29 June in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

The new store, on the site of the former Homebase on Snowdon Drive, continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK’s £38 billion-a-year home improvement and garden market.

The store occupies over 90,000 square feet and employs 140 people – including more than 88 in newly-created full and part-time roles.

It also stocks more than 35,000 different home improvement and garden products, including a mix of international and British brands – from Purdy’s paintbrushes, never before available to non-professionals, to Ryobi and DeWalt tools. Paint mixing services from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux are also available in-store.

Bunnings team members have already been busy in Milton Keynes, lending a helping hand with gardening and decorating projects for MK Snap, Loughton Manor First School, and Milton Keynes Hospital. This support continues a long tradition by Bunnings in Australia and New Zealand of playing an active part in the local community.

To celebrate the opening, Australian legend and racing driver Mark Webber hosted a welcome breakfast for team members.

Nine-time Grand Prix winner and F1 legend Mark Webber said: “Bunnings Warehouse is a huge name in my native Australia, so it’s an honour to be opening their biggest UK store to date. I’m sure the store will be a great success.”

The store’s Complex Manager, Kevin Dale, added: “It is great to finally open our doors to customers. Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening. Collectively we’ve already completed more than 1,500 training hours to make sure we have the expertise to help with home or garden projects.”

Two grand opening weekend events will also be taking place on 8/9 and 15/16 July with a raft of free family activities. Customers can enjoy face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session (see in store for details).

The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500million rolling out Bunnings Warehouse stores across the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.

Contact:

T: (61 8) 9327 4211
F: (61 8) 9327 4216
To contact us, please email us at info@wesfarmers.com.au

Source: Wesfarmers Limited

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Diebold Nixdorf launches its fully integrated brand and direct presence in the U.K. and Ireland

Company agrees to sell legacy Diebold U.K. and Ireland business to Cennox, meeting regulatory conditions and concluding final antitrust element of Diebold Nixdorf combination

LONDON, 2017-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD), a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers across the financial and retail industries, today (June 29, 2017) announced it is launching its fully integrated brand and direct presence in the U.K. and Ireland.

The company has agreed to sell its legacy Diebold business in the United Kingdom to Cennox Group, fulfilling the requirements previously set forth by the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The acquisition by Cennox is expected to close June 30. Upon closing, the legacy, independent Wincor Nixdorf U.K. and Ireland business will be completely integrated into the global Diebold Nixdorf operations and brand. This includes the company’s retail business, which was not subject to CMA review.

“Our team in the U.K. and Ireland, totaling 900 people strong, looks forward to broadening relationships and providing innovation for our customers — enabling an ‘always on’ experience for consumers and shaping the future of connected commerce,” said Andy W. Mattes, president and chief executive officer, Diebold Nixdorf. “We are very pleased to put this final antitrust requirement of our business combination behind us — and excited to fully move forward in the U.K. and Ireland as Diebold Nixdorf.”

Based in Surrey, U.K., Cennox is a global provider of banking services and the U.K.’s largest independent ATM service business. Cennox provides various self-service-related solutions and support services, patented security products and branch transformation capabilities, primarily to the financial industry but also retail and commercial industries. Under the sale agreement, all staff from the legacy Diebold operation serving U.K. customers, totaling 67 employees, will become part of Cennox. The acquisition will allow Cennox to exclusively sell legacy Diebold hardware, services and Phoenix software in the U.K. and Ireland. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Earlier this year, the CMA published its official findings in connection with the business combination of Diebold, Incorporated and Wincor Nixdorf AG, and concluded that a structural remedy was required to ensure effective competition in the U.K. Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf brands and operations had remained separate and distinct while awaiting CMA review.

About Cennox
Cennox is an industry leader, offering a wide range of solutions to the world’s leading banks, retail and commercial institutions. Cennox deliver the best-in-class solutions that give a distinct competitive advantage in the marketplace. Globally recognised, Cennox is an industry pioneer with operations on six continents and central offices in the United Kingdom and United States, employing over 600 staff.

Cennox has been ranked in the Sunday Times FAST TRACK 200, detailing the top 200 fastest growing UK Businesses for International sales for 2 years running.  In addition, for the past two years, Cennox has also been ranked in the top 100 of fastest Growing UK Businesses on the FAST TRACK 100 list sponsored by Virgin.

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

Media Relation:
U.S.:
Mike Jacobsen
APR
+1-330-490-3796
michael.jacobsen@dieboldnixdorf.com

Investor Relations:
Steve Virostek
+1-330-490-6319
steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com;

Germany:
Andreas Bruck
+49 151 1512 3018
andreas.bruck@dieboldnixdorf.com

SOURCE: Diebold Nixdorf

Bunnings Warehouse opens in Hemel Hempstead; its third store in the UK and Ireland

Bunnings Warehouse opens in Hemel Hempstead; its third store in the UK and Ireland

 

Perth, Australia, 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK and Ireland opened its doors to customers on Friday 9 June in Hemel Hempstead, Buckinghamshire.

The new store, on the site of the former Homebase at Apsley Mills Retail Park, continues the momentum of establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK’s £38 billion-a-year home improvement and garden market.

The Hemel Hempstead store is over 64,000 square feet and employs 111 people – including 53 in newly created full and part-time roles.

It also stocks more than 27,000 different home improvement and garden lines, including paint mixing services from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux and a new tool shop offering world-leading brands such as Ryobi and DeWalt.

The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500million rolling out Bunnings Warehouse stores across the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.

To celebrate the opening, Olympic gymnast champion and Hemel local Max Whitlock MBE hosted a welcome breakfast for team members.

Max said: “It’s great that Bunnings has chosen Hemel Hempstead as the location for its third store in the UK. Hemel is where it all began for me so I’m delighted to be back opening the store. I’m sure it will be a huge success.”

The new store’s Complex Manager, Darren Reid, added: “Our team members have worked really hard to get the store ready for opening and are looking forward to sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with customers in Hemel. We’re ready to welcome people to the new store!”

And the fun doesn’t stop there. The new store will also be hosting two grand opening weekend events with a raft of free family activities on 17/18 and 24/25 June. Customers can enjoy face-painting, balloon modelling and even join Peppa Pig & George for a Story Time session (see in store for details).

About Bunnings UK and Ireland

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. As of 12 December 2016, in Australia and New Zealand, Bunnings operates out of 357 trading locations (of which 248 are warehouse stores), employing over 40,000 team members.

In February 2016 Bunnings acquired Homebase, the second largest home improvement and garden retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Bunnings Warehouse opened its first two stores in St. Albans in February/April 2017, with additional stores confirmed in Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes and Folkestone. As of May 2017, it also operates as Homebase out of 252 trading locations, employing over 12,000 team members in the UK and Ireland.

Contact::

T (61 8) 9327 4211
F (61 8) 9327 4216
To contact us, please email us at info@wesfarmers.com.au

Source: Wesfarmers Limited

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Bunnings UK and Ireland appoints David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase

Bunnings UK and Ireland appoints David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase

 

Perth, Australia, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bunnings UK and Ireland today (17 May 2017) announced the appointment of David Haydon as Trading and Commercial Manager for Homebase.

He will join the business in late June, with responsibility for running the Homebase business. David, whose experience includes senior roles at both B&Q and Wickes will join the Bunnings UK and Ireland leadership team, reporting to Managing Director PJ Davis. He will also sit on the company’s steering committee.

David has over 25 years’ experience working with retailers in the UK and Australia. He joins from Officeworks (part of the Wesfarmers Group) where he has worked for over four years as a member of the leadership team.

Prior to Officeworks, he was Commercial and Marketing Director for Kingfisher Plc’s international businesses, overseeing commercial and marketing strategies for highgrowth markets including China, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.

His experience also includes time at B&Q as both Director of Trading and Director of Commercial Strategy, and in other large retail organisations including Wickes and Superdrug.

David said: “I’m looking forward to joining the team at this exciting time. Working together to create something special in what is the dynamic UK Home Improvement market will be a both a challenge, and a great deal of fun.”

PJ Davis said: “It has been an exciting start to 2017 as we continue to deliver phase one of our strategy.

“We have successfully opened two Bunnings Warehouse pilot stores in St Albans with Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes due to open over the next couple of months, followed by Folkestone in July.

“Feedback from customers and the community has been very positive, and now we are focused on developing the programme, which will see at least 10 stores open by the end of the year.

As the pilot activity accelerates, it is still important that we remain focused on delivering a strong performance across Homebase and I’m delighted David has agreed to take up this important role with the business. He will be a great addition to the team.”

About Bunnings

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. As of 12 December 2016, in Australia and New Zealand, Bunnings operates out of 357 trading locations (of which 248 are warehouse stores), employing over 40,000 team members.

In February 2016 Bunnings acquired Homebase, the second largest home improvement and garden retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland. As of 2 February 2017, in the UK and Ireland, Bunnings Warehouse opened its first store in St. Albans. It also operates as Homebase out of 255 trading locations, employing over 12,000 team members in the UK and Ireland.

Notes to editor
For further information, please contact:
Claire Abercrombie
Bunnings UK & Ireland PR Manager
claire.abercrombie@homebase.co.uk
01908 352460 or 07753 310573

Clinton Manning, Bell Pottinger
cmanning@bellpottinger.com
0203 772 2560 or 07711 972662

Joanna Davidson, Bell Pottinger
jdavidson@bellpottinger.com
0203 772 2556 or 07920 785 555

Source: Wesfarmers Limited

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Ireland: Topaz announces new Motorway Service Areas in Carlow and Fermoy both will feature McDonald’s restaurants; will create 230 new jobs

DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topaz, Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, has today (20 Feb 2017) announced it will be creating a total of 230 jobs in conjunction with McDonald’s, across two Motorway Service Areas strategically located on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road in Fermoy and the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road at Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow.  Additionally, during the construction phase of both developments a total of 100 jobs will be created across both sites. The Fermoy development will be in direct conjunction with local developer JR Oronco and is due to open in Autumn 2017. Topaz Junction 5, M9, Co. Carlow is due to open in March 2017.

The overall investment in the construction of both of the new state-of-the-art Service Stations will be €14 million which will both feature McDonald’s restaurants, representing a €2 million investment by the restaurant chain and bringing the total investment to €16 million.

The service area will be in well-positioned Motorway locations on the Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes, to best serve motorists making the long journey between cities.

The state-of-the-art service areas will feature a robust and varied retail and food court offering, to include Topaz’s renowned healthy ‘food on the go’ offer – Re.Store, its latest Mexican offering Cantina, a McDonald’s restaurant, and extensive self-service customer refreshment facilities. There will be a large indoor seating area, as well as external picnic and seating areas for the summer months.

Once opened, the service areas will be in operation 24 hours a day, providing a full range of services to all road users day and night. There will be in excess of 140 parking spaces at each station, to include generous truck parking, coach parking, and additional facilities such as secure ADR parking.

Niall Anderton MD of Topaz commented: “The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists. The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow. Featuring our game-changing Re.Store shop and Deli concept along with our Mexican taqueria Cantina, we are continuing to bring an unparalleled customer experience to Irish motorists. Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the continued expansion of our retail network and we have no doubt it will be a tremendous benefit and service to commuters, tourists, locals, and passers-by.”

Nigel McGuire, Director of Property and Supply Chain, McDonald’s: “At McDonald’s we are delighted to be bringing our world-class food offering to drivers along Ireland’s busy motorway network. Our focus is on retail expansion, to meet customer demand in new locations. We are committed to delivering a great experience in every McDonald’s;  our new restaurants will demonstrate our continued innovation to meet changing customer needs and desires, through our menu, dining facilities and our people. ”

This latest investment announcement by Topaz follows a €1.2 million investment in a major site redevelopment at Dublin Port in partnership with Dublin Port Company late last year. In the past 24 months, Topaz has invested €36.1 million in its retail network with investment going towards the development of its Re.Store brand, the upgrade and rebrand of the recently acquired Esso network, and the development of major Topaz sites at City Avenue in Dublin and Ballysimon in Limerick.

Contact:

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

Source: Topaz

Wesfarmers Group opens its first Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK and Ireland

Wesfarmers Group opens its first Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK and Ireland
  • New home improvement and garden store with over 30,000 products opens
  • Bunnings brings famous fundraising ‘Sausage Sizzle’ to the UK
  • On track to open at least four pilot stores by June, creating 120 jobs
  • England rugby union legend Kyran Bracken joins opening ceremony celebrations

Perth, Australia, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Bunnings Warehouse store in the UK and Ireland opened its doors to customers today (Thursday 2 February) in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

The pilot store, on the site of the former Homebase in Griffiths Way, is a major step towards establishing the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK’s £38 billion-a-year home improvement and garden market.

Bunnings, the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand, acquired Homebase for £340 million in February 2016.

The company, part of Australia’s Wesfarmers Group, plans to invest up to £500million rolling out the Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK and Ireland over the next three to five years.

The St. Albans store is 67,000 square feet and employs 68 people, almost double the workforce of the previous Homebase store. A third of team members are aged over 50, and include former plumbers, painters, electricians and landscape gardeners, as well as other trades people, who, after extensive training, are perfectly placed to offer customers a helping hand and expert advice on any home or garden project.

The store stocks more than 30,000 different home and garden lines – a 40% increase compared with the average Homebase. It features timber cutting, a new inspiring tool shop offering world leading brands including Ryobi and DeWalt, a ‘colour wall’ with over 3,000 colour tiles – as well as paint mixing from Johnstone’s Trade, Crown and Dulux offering an unlimited paint colour choice to customers.

There is also a 19,000 square feet garden centre and a dedicated DIY workshop area, where the whole family can learn skills from wallpaper hanging to tile cutting. And if you need a rest, the new store also has a café and indoor children’s playground.

To celebrate the opening Bunnings introduced its famous fundraising ‘Sausage Sizzle’ to the UK with Peter ‘PJ’ Davis, managing director of Bunnings UK and Ireland, cooking breakfast for team members.

He said: “It’s great to be able to give people a taste of what Bunnings is all about.

“Our policy is to offer customers the lowest prices, the widest range and best service, and hopefully our first pilot store demonstrates that.

“I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everybody who helped get us to this momentous day.

“A second Bunnings Warehouse store in Hatfield Road, St. Albans will open in April and we are on track to have at least four pilots up and running by the summer. We are laying strong foundations on which to build the Bunnings Warehouse business in the UK and Ireland for generations to come.”

Complex Manager Andy Kenwrick, said: “The team has worked incredibly hard over the past three months to transform the store. They have had more than 3,000 hours training on everything from timber and key cutting to product knowledge and health and safety. We’ve even trained our own baristas for the café. Now we just can’t wait to get started.”

Former England Rugby Union scrum-half Kyran Bracken MBE, a member of the England squad that won the World Cup in 2003 and now 1st Team coach at St. Albans School, joined the celebrations.

He said: “It’s great that Bunnings, which is such an iconic business in Australia, has chosen St. Albans as the location for its first two stores in the UK and Ireland. I’m sure they will be a huge success.”

For further information, please contact:

Claire Abercrombie
PR Manager
Claire.abercrombie@homebase.co.uk
01908 352460 or 07753 310573

Clinton Manning
Bell Pottinger
cmanning@bellpottinger.com
0203 772 2560 or 07711 972662

Anna Legge
Bell Pottinger
alegge@bellpottinger.com
0203 772 2559 or 07920 592215

Source: Wesfarmers Group

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Ireland: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission approved Topaz’s purchase of Esso Ireland’s fuels and convenience business in Ireland

Dublin, Ireland, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Emmet O’Neill, Chief Executive of Topaz Energy Limited (Topaz), has welcomed today’s decision by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to approve the purchase of Esso Ireland’s fuels and convenience business in Ireland.

The deal will see the Esso businesses [Esso Ireland Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Ireland ROC Ltd and Esso Ireland Manufacturing Company Ltd] acquired by Topaz Investments Ltd. the parent company of Topaz Energy Limited.

Following the acquisition the Topaz network will extend to 425 service stations; 162 of which will be company owned.  The business will have a presence in every county on the island of Ireland.  Topaz also has market leading home heating and commercial and aviation fuel supply businesses.

Topaz Esso Total
Employee Numbers 1,600 400 2,000
Company Owned Service Stations 127 35 162
Dealer Owned Service Stations 203 60 263
Total 330 95 425

Following the transaction Topaz will have a turnover of approximately €3.5 billion and will employ approximately 2,000 staff.  The company will be one of the top 10 largest companies in Ireland.

Topaz Chief Executive, Emmet O’Neill, said the deal cemented the position of the company in the Irish market; “in just 10 years Topaz has successfully taken on and bought out the Irish retail businesses of three of the largest oil companies in the world (Shell, Statoil and now Esso) to create a truly significant and innovative Irish business and a major Irish employer.  This deal adds real substance to our operations here.  It will bring our employee numbers in Ireland to 2,000 and we believe there is real scope to develop this business further through innovations like our Re.Store convenience stores and our partnership with Rockets in the years ahead.“

The deal will close formally on December 1st.

Topaz Energy Group Limited,
Topaz House,
Beech Hill,
Clonskeagh,
Dublin 4.

Topaz Head Office Tel: +353 (0)1 202 8888
Topaz Home Heat: Tel: 1850 250 650
Topaz Fax: +353 (0) 1 282 8320

SOURCE: Topaz Energy Group Limited

Habitat returns to the Irish high street at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Habitat is set to make a return to the Irish high street as Argos announces that it will be stocking the brand for the very first time both online and in-store, making it more accessible to Irish shoppers than ever before.

Customers can now access 200 seasonal and best-selling products from the Habitat collection of affordable furniture and homewares on www.argos.ie, in advance of the range being launched in the Argos Autumn/Winter 2015 catalogue this coming July. Products can be reserved online for free with instant pick up from 40 Argos stores throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Andy McClelland, Operations Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland, said “We’re delighted to be able to broaden our product ranges here in Argos and bring on board even more great brands – such as Habitat – which our customers know and want. Habitat is a well-established furniture and homewares brand and we are pleased to be able to offer our Irish customers convenient, nationwide access to a range of new, quality Habitat products later this year.”

“We’re delighted to be making the Habitat brand more accessible to Irish customers through our relationship with Argos,” comments Clare Askem, Managing Director of Habitat. “Now everyone who wants to own a piece of Habitat can easily and quickly find our products on the high street from our iconic designs to new season collections.”

Famous for its forward thinking approach to design, Habitat has been designing products in-house for over 50 years with a collection of cleverly crafted and affordably priced products that are anything but the norm. New Habitat products which are now available from argos.ie include:

About Habitat
For fifty years we’ve has been imaging life as it should be. Since our revolutionary beginnings in 1964 we’ve made outstanding design accessible to all by bringing enduring, inventive and affordable products to the high street. Today alongside our three flagships and habitat.co.uk, we have 35 new Mini Habitat stores within Homebase branches nationwide in the UK and will be rolling out more throughout 2015. You’ll also find our Habitat products are available in Argos stores, argos.co.uk and now argos.ie. Habitat was acquired by Home Retail Group in 2011 under the leadership of current Managing Director, Clare Askem, and the in-house design studio has been under the guidance of Creative Director, Polly Dickens, since 2012.

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience.  It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland.  Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,500 employees.  In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 20,000 products online.  Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

We’re happy to help with journalists’ queries. For media enquiries, product samples and loans, please contact:

Argos:
t: 0845 120 4365
e: media.relations@argos.co.uk

 

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Habitat returns to the Irish high street at Argos

Habitat returns to the Irish high street at Argos