Penneys has opened its newly revamped and extended store in the heart of Galway City, following a €20 million investment by the retailer.
Located on Eyre Square, the renovated store is 50% larger, with the addition of a new lower ground floor, bringing an even bigger and better Penneys experience to customers in Galway.
As part of the retailer’s commitment to invest €250 million in Ireland over the next ten years, Primark has invested €20 million in refurbishing and enhancing the popular Galway store, with a focus on creating the great in-store experience for which the retailer is known and loved.
It will now offer 45,000 square feet of prime retail space across two floors – an increase of 50% from the original store size – and features a brand-new Nails @ Penneys beauty salon in store.
Damien O’Neill, head of Penneys Ireland and Northern Ireland, said, “We are committed to providing the best in-store experience to our customers, so this refreshed store, with a new lower ground-floor space, allows us to showcase an expanded product range, offering even more great-value fashion and essentials to people in Galway, including a new beauty salon.
“We are proud to continue to play our part in supporting Irish towns and communities, and to investing in Irish retail.”
To support the bigger store size and in advance of the busy Christmas season, Penneys noted that it has created 180 new jobs – 50 permanent and 130 temporary – as part of the extension, providing a significant boost to the local economy in Galway.
The store will now employ a total of 355 people.
As part of Penneys’ focus on developing its own people and creating internal opportunities for growth, 14 new department managers have also been promoted from within the existing store team.
The mayor of Galway, Councillor Clodagh Higgins, welcomed Penneys’ expansion, saying, “Penneys has expanded its premises, and in doing so, they have created 180 new jobs, which is a huge investment for Galway.
“It demonstrates the strength and continued growth of Penneys, with this €20 million investment, and it’s a testament to their place in the Irish market. Furthermore, it highlights the attractiveness of Galway for investment from important home-grown international retailers.”