TWELVE jobs are to be created as a result of book retailer Eason opening a new store in Limerick.
Eason are to open the store in the Parkway Shopping Centre this Thursday. The massive book store is 4,200 square feet in size and will create a minimum of 12 jobs, with the potential for more in the future.
Parkway manager Roger Beck welcomed the news, saying it was “very welcome” for the shopping centre, which is home to some 35 trading units.
“We are delighted. It is a massive unit, the equivalent of four regular shops,” he explained.
Beck said it was “a big commitment from Eason” to the Parkway, which will celebrate its 28th year of operation in October of this year.
“Things are very positive at the moment, we have lots of enquiries, most likely on the back of Eason’s decision to open here,” he said.
“There is a lot of interest at the moment, we have potentially four or five shops opening this side of Christmas,” added the Parkway boss.
Beck noted the “massive investment” in the shopping centre in recent years by its owners, including a complete overhaul of the interior and new flooring laid down throughout the centre.
For their part, Eason said that they were “delighted to open a second Eason store in Limerick” along with their O’Connell Street unit in the city centre.
“Limerick is a city with which we’ve had a long association,” said Danny Hughes, head of sales and franchising with Eason & Son.
The store is owned by Eamonn Fahey - who owns two other Eason franchises in Castlebar and Ballina.
“We wanted to show our commitment to Limerick and together with Eamonn identified Parkway Shopping Centre as an ideal shopping location, spreading our geographical reach of the city. It’s a great boost for Eason and for Limerick,” said Hughes.
The new shop, which features ‘key zones and specialist departments’, will open this Thursday.