30 jobs to be lost with closure of Limerick food centre

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A FOOD distribution centre, which has been operating on the southside for more than 30 years is to close with the loss of around 30 jobs.

A FOOD distribution centre, which has been operating on the southside for more than 30 years is to close with the loss of around 30 jobs.

Staff working at BWG Foods’ ‘delivered business centre’ in the Galvone Industrial Estate have been told the operation will close in October, with the firm establishing a new national distribution centre in Dublin.

BWG Foods is the franchise holder for the convenience chains Spar, Eurospar and Mace in Ireland.

There are 11 Spar and Eurospar branches in Limerick, as well as five MACE stores.

From October this year, these stores will be serviced from the capital.

In a statement, BWG Foods said the Limerick closure followed a “strategic decision to establish a new national distribution centre in Dublin.”

“Following a comprehensive consultation process with staff and their union representatives the terms proposed by BWG Foods have now been accepted by all staff. BWG Foods is continuing to engage with staff around an outplacement programme and facilitating a number of employees who wish to transfer to the new distribution centre in Dublin,” the statement added.

Limerick City South Fine Gael councillor Ger Fahy, who lives near the Galvone Industrial Estate said his sympathy is with the staff affected.

He wants to see the local enterprise boards take a leading role in encouraging local food companies to create jobs.

“On the whole question of food supply, having seen in West Cork where a lot of local food companies support hundreds of jobs, I do think our enterprise board and job creation boards should look towards projects which would create jobs in this area. I think food production is an area we should look at to see what options are there to create companies,” he told the Limerick Leader. “Rather than buying food which has been produced in other parts of the country, there might be scope there that we would look at creating some companies producing different sorts of foods for the Limerick area.”

BWG Food also owns the Value Centre Cash and Carry outlet in the Carey’s Road.

A company spokesman said this operation is not subject to the changes.