Retail Intelligence

Did You Know, 30 June 2015

By Publications Checkout
Did You Know, 30 June 2015

Did You Know... Former Superquinn chief Feargal Quinn has confirmed his involvement with the new Independent Alliance of TDs, which was formed in March? Quinn will be taking on the role of Parliamentary Chairman. However, Senator Quinn has also announced that he does not have plans to contest in the next Seanad election.

Did you know… The retail sector accounted for 16% of corporate insolvencies recorded during the second quarter of 2015, according to new statistics from Deloitte? A total of 44 of the 275 corporate insolvencies were recorded during the period, which is down from the 347 recorded during the second quarter of 2014.

Did you know… Aldi is to open a new outlet on the former Morrows/Corporate Apparel site in Roscrea? The Tipperary Star reports that An Bord Pleanala has given the go ahead to the store, and adds that local residents and property owners have welcomed the move.

Did You Know... Bord Bia has announced the return of its Food and Drink Awards, with eight categories designed to recognise excellence in marketing, entrepreneurship, export development, home market success and sustainability? The awards are open to all food and drink products made in Ireland that are verified members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme.

Did You Know... Bank Of Ireland has instructed five major retail parks in receivership be offered for sale by Savills and JLL, who are looking for more than €162 million for the portfolio? Nutgrove Retail Park in Dublin is being offered either alone (because of its location and strong performance) or as part of the portfolio alongside Letterkenny Retail Park, Sligo Retail Park, Tullamore Retail Park and Deerpark Shopping Park.


Did You Know... Boots is working with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to extends Ireland’s first pharmacy-based detox programme? TheBoots Alcohol Detox Service sees pharmacists work with a team to support patients prescribed medication for detoxification. Patients using the service will visit their Boots pharmacist daily, where they will have their symptoms assessed and be prescribed medication.

Did You Know... Subway has signed a deal with Hockey Ireland to become title sponsor of the all-Ireland school boys and school girls hockey championships, and secondary kit sponsor of the U18 Irish International Boys and Girls teams? The news comes in the wake of the sandwich company announcing that is to sponsor schools basketball around Ireland.

Did You Know... Martina Garvey has been named as a new director at Olas Software Training and Development, the only accredited SAP Education Partner in Ireland? Since 2012, she has been a senior project manager with the company, which offers training to clients in the food and drinks sector amongst others.

Did You Know... Cork County Council has granted planning permission for the re-development of the former John McCarthy Motors site in Fermoy? The site looks set to be transformed into a new service station with space for retail and a cafe; however, The Avondhu believes that the council is considering an objection to the plan.

Did You Know... SuperValu and Centra’s Northern Irish operations have introduced a new range of ‘Specially Sourced’ drinks to their stores, including 50 craft beers chosen from the region? The wines in the range include a broader selection of Old World and New World wines.


Did You Know... Forecourt retailer and service station Junction 14 Mayfield celebrated its 4th birthday on June 12? The store used the occasion to raise funds for the Children's Medical and Research Foundation at Crumlin (CMRF) with in-store family events.

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