Joyce’s Supermarkets Celebrates 70 Years In Business

By Maev Martin
Joyce’s Supermarkets Celebrates 70 Years In Business

Independent Galway-based grocer Joyce’s Supermarkets is celebrating seventy years in business this week.

The first shop was opened by Patrick C Joyce in 1951 and Joyce’s Supermarkets now operates ten supermarkets in the Co. Galway region and a central warehouse in Claregalway.

Joyce’s Supermarkets started as a small operation from a room at Church Road in Headford and largely operated as a ‘travelling shop’ delivering groceries directly to rural households. Over the past seventy years, the operation has expanded significantly, and the company now employs over 500 people in Galway.

To celebrate seven decades in business, Joyce’s Supermarkets said it is offering seven new, extra special deals in all of its stores this coming weekend, one for every decade.

“Our business began in 1951 as a small grocery store founded by my father on the site of our current Headford store. Seventy years is a notable achievement and milestone for our family business," said Pat Joyce, managing director of Joyce’s Supermarkets.


"While the retail environment has shifted over the years, the community remains at the heart of the operations at Joyce’s Supermarkets. We are grateful for the support of our customers, including generations of the same families that would have gotten their weekly shop from the ‘travelling shop’ sixty and seventy years ago. We look forward to continuing to serve the local community,” he added.

Local Community 

With strong ties to the local community, Joyce’s Supermarkets places an emphasis on supporting local and Irish businesses. In 2020 alone, the company spent €20 million on Irish product lines, the retailer said. 

“While there are many differences between the world in 2021 and the environment we operated in seven decades ago, our main focus has always been on our customers and making shopping a memorable experience for them," commented Aisling Joyce, director of Operations at Joyce’s Supermarkets.

Shopping has been a huge part of people’s lives during the pandemic and our staff have provided a welcome and friendly presence for our customers during this difficult period,” she added.


Joyce’s Supermarkets operates ten supermarkets in Galway, with branches in Headford, Knocknacarra, Athenry, Tuam, Inverin, Ballybane, Fr. Griffin Road, Doughiska, Oranmore and Oughterard.

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