Web retailer set to employ 100 in city

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

UP to 100 jobs are set to be created in Limerick over the next two years as an American on-line retailer of luxury and designer goods sets up a customer support centre in Annacotty.

UP to 100 jobs are set to be created in Limerick over the next two years as an American on-line retailer of luxury and designer goods sets up a customer support centre in Annacotty.

This is part of an overall jobs package of 200 announced for Limerick and Dublin by the Gilt Groupe and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The Dublin operation focuses on software development while Minister Noonan this Tuesday said the call centre in Limerick should be open by September of this year.

This is the biggest single jobs announcement for Limerick City since Cook Medical expanded its Plassey operation with the creation of 200 positions in 2008. And it is the first jobs announcement for the city that could reach into the three-figure bracket since Dell closed its manufacturing base at Raheen in 2009.

“Gilt Groupe will create between 100 and 200 jobs in the next couple of years with the support of IDA Ireland and I understand that the jobs will be split equally between Dublin and Limerick,” Minister Noonan commented.

Gilt Groupe describes itself as “an innovative online shopping destination offering its over 3.5 million members special access to the most inspiring merchandise and experiences every day, many at insider prices”.

The company’s founders include former eBay executive Alexis Maybank, Louis Vuitton executive Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and Kevin Ryan co-founder of online advertising firm DoubleClick, now a subsidiary of Google.