49 new jobs created by the opening of Tesco Extra in Dundalk

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Tesco Ireland officially launched their new store in Dundalk yesterday, with the help of the new super junior minister and local TD Ged Nash.

The store employs 174 people in total, 90% of whom are from the local area.

It was revealed that 49 new jobs have been created by the opening with the hope that more will follow.

The store is located on the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre, with its doors opening for the first time last Saturday.

Tesco Extra Dundalk officially opens today

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The new Tesco Extra in Dundalk will be officially opened around 11am this morning.

Local politicians and staff of the centre are set to be in attendance with local Labour Party TD and new Minister of State for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash, set to cut the ribbon.

The new Tesco – located on the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre – opened on Saturday, with thousands having visited it in the first few days of trading.

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.

New road linking the Ramparts and the Avenue Road opens

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

The new road linking the Ramparts Road to the Avenue Road opened earlier today.

The road, which travels along the back of the new Tesco superstore at the former Dundalk Shopping Centre site emerges on to the Iron Road. From there, motorists can either turn left in the direction of the Marshes or go straight on, passing the back of Lidl and coming out at The Gym onto the Avenue Road.

A new roundabout is also in place at the rear of the shopping centre, which those travelling from the Marshes Shopping Centre direction of the Ramparts Road will have to use if they wish to travel onto Stapleton Place.

The filling station at the rear of Tesco will open this Monday, followed by the opening of the megastore itself the following week on Monday August 4th.

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.

New café given the go ahead at Tesco megastore

An artist's impression of what the new Tesco will look like when it reopens in August 2014

An artist’s impression of what the new Tesco will look like when it reopens in August 2014

Wanze Properties (Dundalk) Limited, the company behind the construction of the new Tesco Xtra megastore in Dundalk, have been given the go ahead to install a new café in the revamped supermarket.

The company were recently granted planning permission to extend unit 4 in the premises by circa 42 square metres from 127 square metres to 169 square metres.

They have also been given permission to the change the use of the unit to a café, while they are also set to rearrange the adjacent ancillary services area and toilet facilities.

The new Tesco Xtra megastore will be located on the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre at the junction of Dublin Street, Hill Street and Stapleton Place.

The old centre was demolished before Christmas with construction work on the new Tesco premises well underway at this stage ahead of its expected opening in August.

As well as Tesco, the new building is also set to feature Traynor’s Butchers and Hickey’s Pharmacy, who are both operating out of temporary units alongside a Tesco Metro store on the Avenue Road during the construction phase.

Meeting tomorrow to expand community cardiac first responder scheme countywide

A voluntary community cardiac first responder scheme has been achieving life saving results in the months since being established in the Blackrock/Haggardstown area.

The scheme supplies help within minutes to a person in the area who has called 999 with symptoms of choking, heart attack or stroke. In the 10 months it has been in operation there have been 12 call outs.

Now the group behind the scheme are attempting to roll it out to the rest of the county. Ideally, they would like to see each group cover an area of between 6km-8km.

A general meeting to set up a Louth committee will take place tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Dundalk Gaels hall at the back of the new Tesco superstore, on the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre.

For further details email 1barryhennessy@eircom.net

Tesco hoping to include café in new Dundalk megastore

An artist's impression of what the new Tesco will look like when it reopens in August 2014

An artist’s impression of what the new Tesco will look like when it reopens in August 2014

Wanze Properties (Dundalk) Limited, the company behind the construction of the new Tesco Xtra megastore in Dundalk are hoping to install a new café in the revamped supermarket.

The company have applied to Dundalk Town Council for planning permission to extend unit 4 in the premises by circa 42 square metres from 127 square metres to 169 square metres.

They have also sought permission to the change the use of the unit to a café, while they are also looking to rearrange the adjacent ancillary services area and toilet facilities.

The new Tesco Xtra megastore will be located on the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre at the junction of Dublin Street, Hill Street and Stapleton Place.

The old centre was demolished before Christmas with construction work on the new Tesco premises well underway at this stage ahead of its expected opening in August.

As well as Tesco, the new building is also set to feature Traynor’s Butchers and Hickey’s Pharmacy, who are both operating out of temporary units alongside a Tesco Metro store on the Avenue Road during the construction phase.

Council still plan to remove Hill Street Bridge

Hill Street Bridge, heading towards Stapleton Place, in years gone by. The bridge is believed to have been built over 150 years ago

Hill Street Bridge, heading towards Stapleton Place, in years gone by. The bridge is believed to have been built over 150 years ago

Dundalk Town Councillors have been assured that the Hill Street Bridge will be removed but it is not yet known when the work will take place.

Cllr Martin Bellew raised the issue last month, stating that it was his understanding that the bridge was to be removed as part of the development of the new Tesco Xtra megastore on the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre.

A review has taken place on the matter with Town Engineer Catherine Duff hopeful of coming up with a project design within the context of the funding that is available to see if the bridge can be removed sooner rather than later.

Speaking on the matter recently, Cllr Bellew said he was now more positive about the issue and believed it would happen eventually but couldn’t put a timeline on when that might be.

Debate reignited over future of Hill Street Bridge in Dundalk

A train heading for the Barrack Street freight yard when trains used to go under the Hill Street Bridge

A train heading for the Barrack Street freight yard when trains used to go under the Hill Street Bridge

The debate over whether or not to knock the Hill Street bridge has been reignited.

Dundalk Town Council were given the green light to demolish the bridge in 2007 but were waiting for work on the new Tesco development at the old Dundalk Shopping Centre site before proceeding – with the supermarket retailer set to contribute towards the cost and the council co-funding the project.

Those plans are believed to now be up in the air as a result of the changed economic conditions over the course of the last seven years.

Now the council are set to ask their planners to review the original designs to see whether they address the needs of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in terms of the future development of the town.

Speaking on LMFM this morning though, Cllr Martin Bellew, said he was disappointed that work had not proceeded and insisted he would be raising the matter at the next Town Council meeting to get an update on where things stand at present.

“I understood that as soon as the Tesco job was in operation, work would start on the bridge too but as far as I can see we are no further on.

“I’m disappointed this hasn’t happened and I will be pursuing it at the next meeting,” said Cllr Bellew.

There has been much speculation regarding the future of the the Hill Street bridge for several decades but particularly since the Barrack Street freight yard closed in 1995.

Hill Street Bridge, heading towards Stapleton Place, in years gone by. The bridge is believed to have been built over 150 years ago

Hill Street Bridge, heading towards Stapleton Place, in years gone by. The bridge is believed to have been built over 150 years ago