23rd June 2016 – The Garvey Group, opened its state of the art, newly renovated SuperValu in Tralee Town Centre following a €2.2 million investment. The renovation led to the creation of ten new jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed in the store to 90 and follows a €2.7 million renovation of their 16,450 sq ft SuperValu store in Dingle last year. The Tralee store refurbishment has focused on extending and improving the store’s fresh food offering, catering for increasing consumer demand for local and healthy food. The Tralee store now boasts an extended deli area serving an upmarket selection of hot and cold food and a new gourmet barista coffee offering in a newly designed seating space. Customers will also enjoy an expanded fresh food aisle, a health section and a Food Academy aisle which will be home to emerging local food suppliers and small producers. In addition there is a new cheese counter with an unrivalled selection of cheeses, many seasonal and many sourced locally. Commenting on the announcement, Jim Garvey, Garvey Group said: “We are delighted with our new store here in Tralee which is a real demonstration of our confidence in the local economy and a further commitment to go above and beyond to deliver on our shoppers needs. We have made a substantial investment to further underline our fresh food offering which SuperValu is renowned for and to bring great choice and value across the range. We continue to provide even greater support to local suppliers through the Food Academy programme and we’re delighted that we have been able to create even more local employment in the process, highlighting the fact that we continue to repay our loyal customers by investing back into the local economy. The Garvey family have been serving communities in Munster since 1935 and currently have SuperValu supermarkets and Centra stores across Dingle, Castleisland, Listowel, Newcastlewest, Corbally, Dungarvan and Cobh. They work very closely with the local communities and charities, supporting a wide range of organisations such as Kerry Cancer Support Group, Kerry GAA, and Tidy Towns. SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible and purchases almost €2 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers which help to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.