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.

Mizu hiring full-time beauty therapist

mizuMizu of River Lane are currently recruiting a full-time beauty therapist for their salon.

The successful applicant must be CIBTAC/ITEC/CIDESCO qualified or equivalent, highly motivated, willing to work on own initiative, provide an excellent standard of service while having a genuine interest in the client, and must be passionate about beauty.

The ideal candidate must have experience in a wide variety of beauty treatments – facials, manicure, pedicure, waxing, spray tanning.

Experience in the following is an advantage, but not essential: Shellac, minx, threading, advanced waxing, eyelash extensions.

If you think you have what it takes email your CV to rachel@mizu.ie

New barbers opening in Dundalk next month


A new barber shop is set to open in Dundalk next month.

The Rook Barbers will be located on the Ramparts Road.

Run by the Lenihan family, the barbers will specialise in modern, fresh and masculine hairstyles.

According to their Facebook page: “We are branching off the traditional type barber shop and giving men a luxurious yet professional experience. Watch this space for more information guys!”

The Rook Barbers are also on the lookout for a barber to join their team. For further details call 086 894 8937.

Two Dundalk stores closing

544142_546592562030152_1925607413_nThere was bad news on the retail front in recent days as one shop closed and another announced its intention to.

Val-U-Centre, located at the former Jack & Jones and Vero Moda outlet on Clanbrassil Street, has now shut down.

The move is likely to be motivated by the decision of Dealz to open in the former National Irish Bank building in Earl Street later this summer.

Meanwhile, Heaven in the Marshes Shopping Centre also plans to shut its doors and is hosting a closing down sale at present. Everything is €15 and under, with the store not due to close for a couple of months yet.

Heaven has been in business for 10 years but the boutique’s online store www.vavavoom.ie will continue trading after the closure.

New graphic design and print company opens in Dundalk


A new walk in graphic design and print company recently opened its doors in Park Street.

Graphic Lights, run by local man Colin Toner, is located at the former Keystone Insurances office opposite Callan’s Off-Licence and The Left Bank Restaurant.

The new venture offers a range of services, suiting everyone from those throwing a party to those looking to take their business to the next level.

Its printing service provides everything from gift vouchers and greeting cards to booklets and business cards. They can also design and print posters, letterheads, invitations, memorial cards, wedding stationary, key rings, brochures and much more.

With customized logo designs amongst the services being offered in store, Graphic Lights can also design fully responsive websites and offer you tips on how to improve your online presence.

In a unique element, Graphic Lights also offer video editing and production services, allowing you to produce short videos to promote your business or product. This can in turn be showcased on social media channels or your website, with all budgets catered for.

For further details on Graphic Lights visit www.graphiclights.ie, call 0429339924 or email info@graphiclights.ie

Graphic Lights also offers various monthly offers for all those who follow them on Facebook so why not like them now at www.facebook.com/graphiclights