Tuesday, June 21, 2022

By Trevor Quinn

Noel Kavanagh Snr and Jnr pictured in the new-look SuperValu store in Claremorris.

Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Claremorris has been transformed and completely renovated ahead of a grand reopening on Thursday next, June 23, with a new coffee shop and expanded retail area.

The spacious store can now cater for the full range of goods that any large SuperValu across the country can offer with a new bakery, meat counter, and an array of new products.

Store manager Damien Hall said: “It’s almost 30 years since the Kavanagh family opened the store and we have 65 staff. We’ve a lot of loyal customers.”

The transfer of the post office last November has been very positive for SuperValu in Claremorris.

“I know that originally the post office was just up the road but since they came in here it’s been a good pull and the coffee shop is going to add to that as well,” said Damian, a qualified quantity surveyor, who began his retail career in 2003 as a part-time staff member of Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Castlebar.

The Ballyvary native, who started on a full-time basis with the supermarket chain several years ago after the economic crash, praised the company for always promoting from within. He believes the new-look store in Claremorris will be an ideal meeting place for locals collecting their pensions and he said there is great excitement about the coffee shop.

“People in the store didn’t know what to expect – what kind of revamp was going to take place.

“It’s only in the last week or two that it’s really started to come together and they’re seeing the offering that they’re going to get and the range of products has increased dramatically and the space on the shop floor.

“We’re going to have a full bakery, a brand new deli counter, and a brand new meat counter as we were very limited in what we could do before.

Ballyvary native Damien Hall is the manager of SuperValu Claremorris.

“We have the full offering, and we can compete with the largest SuperValu in Dublin or in the country and we’ll have the same.

“We’ll have the Happy Pear section, the Taste of Local section, a brand new Signature Tastes section, a brand new off-licence with a huge range.”

Damian said the central location of the store in the heart of Castlebar and the ample free parking available is a huge advantage.

“We’re the only retailer here in the centre of the town, the other supermarkets are all on the outskirts of town and we’re a nice draw here just off the Market Square.

“It’s very handy and there’s free and ample parking for people.

“There was an upgrade of the streets too and new footpaths and they widened the road outside the store as well.

“We’re linking in too with the Tidy Towns and there’s a big wall outside there where a sign is and we’re going painting a brand new mural on that for them.

“It’ll be an environment-themed mural and it’ll be community orientated.”

Damien said the new coffee shop will open on July 4 and will serve Frank and Honest coffee, fresh scones from the bakery, sandwiches, soup, apple pie, lasagne and salads. He said customers and the wider community in Claremorris have been very encouraging ahead of the relaunch of the store.

“The reaction has been very positive. I’m here just over two years. I started initially in this store the week Covid hit and I was an assistant manager in Castlebar for a good few years before that.

“When I started here they said they were going to invest in the store but obviously then with Covid and everything that kind of pushed the revamp down the road a small bit.

“Finally now we’re there, a few days out from the reopening.

“Customers have been very patient with us because it’s not easy to do your weekly shop when electricians are hanging from the ceilings and brand new floors are going down and there is the restocking of shelves.

“Our staff have been excellent too and they’ve really put in the hours,” he said.

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