New Dundalk Tesco to open this Saturday

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The new Tesco Xtra megastore at the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre will open two days earlier than scheduled this Saturday morning.

The temporary Tesco Metro unit on the Avenue Road will close on Thursday evening ahead of the new store’s opening two days later.

The store had expected to open on Bank Holiday Monday but has moved ahead of schedule. The filling station is already in operation for the past few days.

As well as the Tesco store, the new centre will also include former Dundalk Shopping Centre tenants Hickey’s Pharmacy and Traynor’s Butchers.

Also included in the new store is a Costa Coffee outlet and Chapz Barbers.

Pizza Hut to reopen in Dundalk

Pizza Hut Delivery DundalkPizza Hut is set to reopen in Dundalk.

The delivery store on the Dublin Road, opposite the Louth County Hospital, closed its door last September but is set to be reopened by Amar Sandhu in the coming weeks.

Indeed, the chain is currently on the look-out for delivery drivers for evening and night time work.

In order to apply send your details to Amar at karansandhu150@gmail.com with a contact number. You must have a full licence and your own car to be considered.

O’Callaghan Insurances set to reopen on Stapleton Place

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While all too often we hear of businesses closing in Dundalk, there may be one opening in Stapleton Place quite soon.

Talk of the Town understands that O’Callaghan Insurances are set to reopen their offices opposite the McDonald’s drive-thru in an attempt to cash in on the expected resurgence of the area when the Tesco Xtra megastore opens its doors this weekend.

O’Callaghan’s – who also trade as quoteme.ie – were based at the iconic building at the bottom of Hill Street Bridge for several years before relocating to their current premises at the Blackthorn Business Park on the Coes Road.

The building has been on the market for a number of years without selling but is currently being refurbished ahead of the expected reopening of O’Callaghan Insurances – run by Leo and his daughter Caeva O’Callaghan.

It is understood that the company’s base at the Blackthorn Business Park will also remain open when the Stapleton Place offices reopen. O’Callaghan’s also have offices in both Navan and Monaghan.

Martin named new Louth County Council chief

Joan Martin of Louth County Council

Joan Martin of Louth County Council

Earlier this week Joan Martin was appointed as the new chief executive of Louth County Council.

Ms Martin had been filling the position for the last few months since the last County Manager, Philomena Poole, left Louth to take up a position with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Ms Martin has previously filled in as acting County Manager following Conn Murray’s departure from Louth two years ago.

She has worked in the Irish public service for close to 40 years and holds a degree in Public Administration, as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Amongst the areas she has worked in over the years include transportation, planning, environment and water services.

Ms Martin has been most active in recent years in the Louth Age Friendly Alliance.

Dundalk Company Challenge to take place this September

The contenders for the Dundalk Company Challenge 2014

The contenders for the Dundalk Company Challenge 2014

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce are set to hold an entertaining two day event this September to find the town’s ultimate company team.

The Dundalk Company Challenge 2014 will take place on Friday September 12th and Saturday September 13th.

The event will see 20 of the area’s biggest employers go head to head in a range of different events, all of which will take place at Oriel Park and in the Oriel Active centre.

Amongst the events the companies will compete in include a table quiz, indoor football, tug-o-war, relay races, obstacle courses and more.

The companies who will compete include Applegreen, Servisource Recruitment, Pelican Promotions, PayPal, Matthews Coach Hire, Boylesports, Aura Leisure Centre, Irish Life, Louth Trades Network, Louth County Council, Crowne Plaza Hotel, eBay, the Department of Social Protection, Suretank, Prometric, FPM Chartered Accountants, Heinz, Horseware, Hydroscand Ireland and Intact Software.

Further details are available from Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.

Countdown is on to the opening of new Tesco Dundalk

Tesco ire Logo colThe countdown is on to the opening of the new Tesco Extra megastore at Stapleton Place in Dundalk.

The filling station element of the complex – located at the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre – will open on Monday.

The main Tesco premises will then open its doors the following week on Bank Holiday Monday August 4th.

The new Tesco will provide groceries, clothing, hardware, a pharmacy, a butchers, a Costa Coffee outlet and much more.

It was recently revealed that more than 500 people had applied for jobs in the new Tesco, with more roles expected to be advertised in the coming weeks following its opening.

Meanwhile, a new roundabout junction has been implemented at the rear of the centre on the Ramparts Road. Cars travelling from the direction of the Marshes towards Tesco can no longer turn right to head towards Stapleton Place. They now must proceed past the turn and negotiate a roundabout before continuing on their journey.

The junction between McDonald’s and Sherry FitzGerald Carroll has also now been reduced to one lane.

Maxol eyeing new filling station on Dublin Road

The site of the former Texaco Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road

The site of the former Texaco Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road

Maxol have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a new supermarket and filling station at the Southend Service Station on the Dublin Road – opposite Dundalk IT.

Formerly a Texaco station, the site was completely leveled in recent years.

Now though Maxol hope to erect a new supermarket on the 0.25 hectare site, including an ATM, deli, ancillary stores and offices and internal and external seating areas.

There would also be a new forecourt canopy, rollover carwash, equipment store, floodlighting and security cameras, a rear compound area, underground fuel tanks, a petrol interceptor, a carwash interceptor, an aluminium clad illuminated gantry sign and associated services including drainage works and alterations to the existing acess to the public road.

The local authority are due to make a decision on the matter on Thursday August 7th.

Value Centre Cash & Carry looking to expand

logoPlans are in place to extend the Value Centre Cash & Carry on Castle Road in Dundalk.

Owners BWG Foods have applied to Louth County Council for planning permission for a development consisting of alterations and extension to the existing wholesale warehouse and all associated site development works.

The local authority are due to make a decision on the matter on August 5th.

Live Register figures up 5.4% in Dundalk last month

00018679-314Dundalk has bucked the national trend by seeing the number of people on the dole jump in June.

Nationally, the number of people on the Live Register fell by 4,400 last month. However, in Dundalk the number of people unemployed grew by 5.4% to 6,907 – an additional 352 from the figure recorded in May.

This is the third consecutive month that the unemployment rate has grown in Dundalk, with the latest increase the largest since June 2012.

The number on the Live Register in Louth also rose by 3.7% last month to 16,054 on the back of unemployment rates also increasing in Ardee and Drogheda.

This is the highest unemployment has been in the county since September last year.

Relish Café set to open in Dundalk

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Relish Café, which has two outlets in Drogheda and one in Bettystown, are set to open in Dundalk town centre shortly.

While the exact location of the new café is as yet unknown, owner Denise Walsh has advertised a number of vacant positions.

Relish are currently hiring chefs, managers and supervisors, as well as deli and waiting staff.

Anyone interested is ask to email their CV and cover letter to operationsatrelish@gmail.com

Relish serves a range of tasty treats, salads, main courses, pastries and desserts and teas and coffees and is sure to be a welcome addition to the town.