Diesel and H&M recruiting for new Dundalk stores

dieselPopular clothing brand Diesel are set to open in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes after Talk of the Town revealed yesterday that footwear brand Skechers were also set to open in the centre in November.

The store is currently hiring for the following positions:

Meanwhile, as revealed by Talk of the Town more than 18 months ago, H&M are also set to open in the Marshes shortly. They are currently hiring as well for department managers.

H&M will be located in the former Dorothy Perkins/Burton unit, which has been under construction for some weeks.

Skechers to open in Dundalk next month

skechersPopular footwear brand Skechers are set to open a new store in the Marshes Shopping Centre in the coming weeks.

The new shop, which sell footwear and clothing for men, women and children, is due to open in November.

In the lead-up to the opening the group have advertised a number of positions including:

  • Store Manager/Dual Site Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Supervisors x2
  • Stock room person
  • Sales associates

Anyone interested in the positions are asked to forward their CV, accompanied with a covering letter stating your suitability for the role to recruitment@skechersireland.com

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday October 14th.

PayPal boss calls on Dundalk staff to rent rooms to new employees

Louise Phelan of PayPal

Louise Phelan of PayPal

PayPal Ireland boss Louise Phelan has revealed that the multinational is asking its staff to offer rooms to new employees who cannot find rental accommodation here.

While rental problems in Dublin are well known, good quality accommodation is also increasingly hard to come by in Dundalk, where PayPal employ over 1,000 staff.

Between their site in the Xerox Technology Park and another in Ballycoolin in Dublin, PayPal currently employs around 2,400 staff in Ireland but Phelan told the Construction Industry Federation conference yesterday that the country risks losing out on further foreign direct investment if staff cannot be accommodated.

PayPal revealed that the problem is so bad that they are forking out as much as €2,000 extra for new employees coming to Ireland in order to pay for a hotel when they arrive.

PayPal in Dundalk hires over 1,000 staff

PayPal in Dundalk hires over 1,000 staff

Phelan admitted that “our greatest challenge today is rental property.”

She said: “Property prices are a consistent problem for my teammates trying to find somewhere to live.

“In terms of housing, I’m asking all teammates in Ballycoolin in Dublin and Dundalk to see will they rent rooms for teammates that I am bringing in from 26 countries because they can’t get accommodation.”

Ms Phelan warned that future foreign direct investment would be put in doubt if the problem continued.

“It costs about €1,500 to hire an invividual but today it’s costing me about €3,500 upfront to find a hotel for at least two to three weeks. It’s crisis time for us and for brining in foreign direct investment overall.

“The reality is that the IDA do an amazing job, but if you don’t have the after-care service for people, FDI won’t invest in you.

“It used to be about how many people I can hire. Now it’s about how many people I can hire and get schools for their families and get into a home.”

Ms Phelan said it was important that banks were lending to those interested in buying.

“First of all, I would say that the banks need to start lending again to people who can afford a mortgage and are being turned down and to developers who want to create the homes and commercial premises.

“But there is no point in the construction industry producing commercial property unless you’re going to match it with residential property to support it. We need to improve quality of life for people, for example to make more schools available,” she said.

Live Register figures in Dundalk fall for the first time in five months

00018679-314Live Register figures for Dundalk fell for the first time in five months in August.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 6,255 people signed on in Dundalk in August, down by 1.4% on the 6,341 who were claiming dole payments in July. This was still 6.4% higher though than in March when there were 5,881 on the register.

On a county level there were 14,611 people signing on last month. This was also the first fall in five months, down 1.2% from June. There were also falls recorded in both Ardee (1.7%) and Drogheda (0.8%).

Maxol to open new outlet in Dundalk next week

An artist's impression of the new Maxol on the Dublin Road

An artist’s impression of the new Maxol on the Dublin Road

Maxol will open their latest convenience destination in Dundalk this day next week, Thursday October 8th.

The new filling station will be located at Southend on the Dublin Road, opposite Dundalk IT, and will be the 236th Maxol in Ireland.

The station will feature the company’s award-winning fresh food Moreish concept, which is the Group’s 21st Moreish café to be introduced in the space of just five months. This will include a contemporary seating area, high spec washrooms as well as complimentary Wi-Fi within the Maxol Mace convenience store. A drive-through car wash and pay-at-pump facilities providing diesel 24 hours are also available.

Commenting on the imminent opening of the new service station, Brian Donaldson, Group General Manager, The Maxol Group said: “We’re very excited to announce the opening date for Maxol Dublin Road in Dundalk and look forward to bringing a comprehensive retail and service offering to the local area and to motorists on the go. This is our fifth opening in six months, with more planned, and reflects our significant investment in Ireland over the last 24 months, in terms of new site developments and refits of existing sites.

“The new location at Dublin Road is the perfect fit for our latest new forecourt concept and we look forward to welcoming local students, residents and of course commuters to our latest Maxol convenience destination, situated at the heart of the community in Dundalk.”

In total €2 million has been invested in revamping the former Texaco filling station site, with 25 new jobs set to be created.

Recruitment begins at Dundalk Omniplex cinema

billmurray-4-w640h480[1]Recruitment has begun for the new Dundalk Omniplex cinema at Dundalk Retail Park.

The new cinema is due to open in the coming months at the former Harvey Norman store, with construction work having commenced during the summer.

Now the Omniplex group have started to hire with a General Manager currently being sought.

Further details on the role can be found here with CVs to be sent to dundalk@omniplex.ie by 5pm on Monday October 12th.

Other positions will be advertised thereafter.

Planning permission for the new cinema was given the go ahead in late 2013 but it was held up following an appeal to An Bord Pleanala by IMC Cinema in Carroll Village and the Marshes Shopping Centre, who also have planning in place for a cinema there.

An Bord Pleanala granted the go ahead for the cinema in April 2014, subject to revised conditions, but there had been no update on the matter until July when Paul and Mark Anderson registered a new company, called Dalkbridge, to open the cinema.

The new cinema will include a ticket kiosk, food and beverage stalls, a coffee shop, service and circulation areas and toilets. Earlier this month a planning application was submitted to Louth County Council seeking to expand the number of screens in the cinema from seven to nine. A decision on that is due on October 20th.

Trespass opening in Dundalk tomorrow

trespass_compact_logo_web_1422483104__01820Outdoor clothing and sporting goods store Trespass will be opening in the Marshes Shopping Centre tomorrow morning.

Trespass offers a range of ladies, mens and children’s clothing and accessories including footwear, sleeping bags, camping gear and more.

This will be the 13th Trespass store nationwide with up to half price on selected walking boots as part of their opening offers.

Call into the Marshes tomorrow to check Trespass out or see what they have to offer now on their website www.trespass.ie

Nando’s looking at opening new restaurant in Dundalk

Nandos_logo.svgFast food firm Nando’s are understood to be looking at possible sites in Dundalk to open a restaurant.

The chain, which originated in South Africa and is reknowned for their Portugeuese flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, have enjoyed huge success in recent years.

Up until now they have been solely based in the cities, with nine restaurants in Dublin and one in Cork. However, they revealed plans earlier this week to expand nationwide on the back of increased revenues at its Irish operation last year.

The accounts recently filed by Nando’s Chickenland Ireland Ltd show that revenues at the firm last year increased by 8% from €15.37m to €16.45m.

According to the directors’ report “the company is currently looking for potential sites to open more restaurants in the Republic of Ireland.”

A local estate agent has confirmed to Talk of the Town that Dundalk is one of the sites being monitored given its status as one of the biggest provincial towns in the country.

IMG_9219JPGBy locating here they could also target the cross border market, with the nearest location in Northern Ireland being Belfast.

Most Nando’s restaurants in Ireland are located in shopping centres but not exclusively.

Coincidentally, the Marshes Shopping Centre recently applied to expand its food court but this type of environment would not be the usual setting for such a restaurant. One location they could look at it is Dundalk Retail Park to team up with the new Dundalk Omniplex cinema but that has only been speculated.

Here’s hoping no matter what the location it brings top quality food and jobs to Dundalk soon.


Maxol begin recruiting for Dublin Road filling station

maxolMaxol have begun the recruitment process for their soon to be opened filling station on the Dublin Road in Dundalk.

The new Maxol is due to open shortly with 25 full and part-time positions set to be created.

Amongst the positions available are Supervisor/Manager, deli sales assistants and shop sales assistants.

Those interested in applying are asked to send their CV and position they are interested in to maxoldlk@gmail.com

Maxol Southend, as it will be known, will incorporate a Mace store and the company’s new café/deli concept Moreish. Planning permission has also been sought for an off licence in the shop.