Retail chain Mace has announced plans to add 100 new shops to its network in the next three years, which could create more than 1,200 new jobs across the country.
The company said today that its new retail strategy targets 100 new stores, and will see a focus on Irish suppliers as it works on a 20 per cent growth in MACE own-brand products. MACE is Ireland’s oldest convenience brand, and opened its first store in 1960. It currently has 240 stores across the country.
The new plans were unveiled at the MACE convention at the Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt, Co Wicklow.
“Our figures show that MACE is outperforming the market and is now the fastest growing brand in Irish convenience retailing”
“In 2012 we bucked the industry trend by opening 28 new stores, and our new retail strategy is designed to harness that momentum, leading to the creation of more than of 1,200 new jobs in towns and villages right across the country”
Willie O’Byrne, Managing Director of BWG Foods, operators of MACE
O’Byrne went on to say that MACE’s partnership with Maxol, which was renewed last year, “has seen the MACE group establish itself as Ireland’s largest forecourt symbol brand”.
He said the company’s next phase of growth will focus on working with both partners and suppliers to “firmly cement MACE in a leadership position in Irish retailing”.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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