AN announcement about coffee giant Starbucks’s opening in Limerick is expected to be made in the next fortnight.
It comes after the chain advertised for a store manager of its first Limerick outlet, which will be at the Thomas Street centre.
Gordon Kearney, Rooney’s Auctioneers, who sold the glass-fronted unit to developers who will welcome the Seattle-founded chain, said an announcement is “imminent”.
The web site, www.jobs.ie, has an advert looking for a manager of the new store.
Applications with three years of previous management experience are being sought, while full training will be provided “to the right candidates”.
In return, the job advert promises competitive pay, paid holidays, a bonus scheme, and “fantastic” career opportunities.
Starbucks was founded in 1971, and has more than 20,000 stores globally. It is only in recent years it has started an aggressive expansion in Ireland, with Dublin and Cork being its particular focus.
However, many people across the city have expressed fears that a further multi-national coffee chain could force smaller operators out of business.
The landmark building Starbucks is expected to move into sold last year for around €3m to a Cork-based private investor.
It was their intention to convert the building to retail space, and a further floor of office space. The coffee chain would be the first occupant.