Fresh multi-million euro investments by three retailers in outlets in Galway – Dunnes Stores, Dealz and Homestore & More – have been hailed as a major vote of confidence in the city.
And the head of Galway Chamber of Commerce believes it possibly signals ‘turning the corner’ from the economy’s collapse.
Yesterday, the discount chain ‘Dealz’ created 25 jobs when it opened a new 25,000 square foot supermarket in the Galway Shopping Centre in the former Atlantic Homecare premises.
The supermarket – which is owned by Poundland in the UK – has a price point of €1.49 for every item, with specials for 99c of multiples for €1.49 and stocks a wide range of groceries and health and beauty items, as well as DVDs, electrical accessories, clothes and gardening items.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Dunnes Stores is planning multi-million euro refits for its premises in Terryland and Westside shopping centres.
Dozens of jobs are expected to be created during the renovations, which will see both supermarkets given a complete makeover.
However, in keeping with their media policy, the company refused to comment on the plans when contacted by this newspaper.
During the summer, rivals Tesco completed a €2m refit of their premises in the Galway Shopping Centre.
And in the coming weeks, furniture and homeware chain ‘Homestore & More’ will create between 15 and 20 new jobs when it opens a new 26,000 sq.ft. store beside Woodies in Wellpark Retail Park.
The chain already has thirteen stores in Dublin, Kerry, Wexford, Louth, Limerick, Cork and Carlow, employing more than 200 people.
Michael Coyle, CEO of Galway Chamber said the new businesses represent new competition for existing retailers in Galway.
“But these are national brands, these companies don’t make these decisions lightly. Any time a national brand makes a decision to locate in Galway, it’s a major vote of confidence in the city.
“This might just signal that we’re turning the corner, and hopefully these retailers are confident of that, too,” said Mr Coyle.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones
These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.
But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.
If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.
All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.
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We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.
This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances. You can contact our team for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!
Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.
A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.
Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.
Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down.
The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.
Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.
Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.
However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.
“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.
Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.
Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.
“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.
There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.