Tesco has stepped up the pressure on its competitors in the Irish market with the opening this week of a district shopping centre on Dublin’s northside.
The Tesco ClareHall Centre, on the city’s Malahide Road, features a Tesco Extra store, with 24-hour opening, Monday to Saturday, together with 28 retail units, a food court and parking for 850 cars.
The development, which took 18 months, will provide a total of 700 new jobs, with a third of the 350 staff recruited drawn from the long-term unemployed.
The new store offers a broad choice of groceries, plus fresh
meat, delicatessen and hot food counters, as well as the low price Tesco Value range. There is also an extensive range of non-food, from electrical and gardening goods to home entertainment and computers.
Six of the 38 checkouts feature self-scan technology.
Twenty-six of the 28 shop units in the centre have been let and will be opening shortly.
The unit tenants include McCabe’s Pharmacy, Elvery’s Sports, First Choice Travel and Carphone Warehouse.
Tesco’s third Irish filling station has opened adjacent to the store and is already operating on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.
Tesco’s director of corporate affairs, Dermot Breen, said that the area had been “under- provided up to now in terms of retail infrastructure”.
He added: “With 10,000 new homes coming on stream there is a real demand for a centre such as this.”