Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s first function after his summer holidays was to officially open the brand new Eason store at the Parkway Shopping Centre.
The 4,200 square foot store opened to the public last month and is the second Eason store to open in Limerick.
Twelve jobs have been created initially and more may be created at the store which boasts the fresh new Eason look.
“It is nice to see new stores opening, I am sure this store will prove to be very popular with readers of all ages and I would like to wish the staff and management every success,” said Minister Noonan as he officially cut the ribbon and toured the franchise store, which has been opened by Eamon Fahey who also operates stores in Ballina and Castlebar.
Minister Noonan, who spent most of his holidays in Castlegregory and West Limerick, also pledged his support to the Get Into Reading initiative, which is aimed at supporting child literacy and highlighting the importance of reading.
The new store, which is located opposite Dunnes Stores in the Parkway Shopping Centre occupies what were previously four adjacent retail units.
“It has been a very successful opening for us, it has worked very well, it has caught the imagination of the local people and it is getting great support and it is great to have that facility,” said Roger Beck, manager of the Parkway Shopping Centre.
Conor Whelan, managing director of Eason and Son, also attended the official opening of the store this morning.
He says he is thrilled the company is expanding in Limerick
“We are delighted to be opening this store, it is our 23rd franchise store. It is our second store in Limerick, we have our company store at O’Connell Street for some time serving the population of Limerick having a second store on this side of the city serving the local community is great,” he said.