With the new Supermac’s complex in Donegal Town really taking shape, stakeholders meeting on site were delighted with the progress.
The food hall with convenience store and forecourt is on course to open in August and will employ 70 people.
Franchisee Ken Foley and Supermac’s Operations Manager Jarlath Connolly visited the site on Tuesday to see how things were coming along. Also present were architect William Donoghue, Michael Kelly of Glebe Builders, site foreman Barry Gallagher and Cllr Tom Conaghan who is Chairperson of the Donegal Municipal District.
Cllr Conaghan said: “I am glad to see it will soon be up and running. It can only be good for the town and the wider area. It will create employment, especially for young people so it is exactly what we need.”
He was particularly pleased to report that the team remained true to their commitment to use local labour and suppliers.
“From the word go that was their attitude, that they would try and keep everything as local as possible,” he said. “It is great to have met them and know where they are going with everything.”
Supermac's Operations Manager Jarlath Connolly agreed that this was a big part of their plans.
“It is a big investment locally and it is all feeding back into the local economy.”
Mr Connolly said he was delighted to have finally found a suitable site for Supermac's in Donegal.
“I have driven this road many times looking at locations and sites over the years,” he said. “The right opportunity hasn’t been there before. The time is right now.”
He said the new complex would be more of a food hall than a take away and would be among the best in the country. As well as the much-loved Supermac’s menu, there will be Papa John’s Pizza, Super Subs and Bewley’s barista coffee. It will also have a hot carvery, cold deli and ice cream bar.
He expects that it will employ around 70 people between full- and part-time staff.
Mr Connolly praised the Donegal builders for the work so far and said he was looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Franchisee Ken Foley is also very happy with how things are progressing. He is now turning his attention to bringing together the team that will work there.
“The jobs are being advertised,” he said. “But people are welcome to send me a CV directly. They can post it for my attention to Supermac’s, Bundoran Road, Sligo.
“We are looking for people in many different roles ranging from chefs to counter assistants, barista coffee makers, groundspeople, retail managers and Supermacs managers.”
Mr Foley is also the franchisee in Sligo and Ballina and has been partnering with Supermac's for over 15 years. He has seen the rise in popularity of the one-stop-shop service stations and eateries up and down the country and feels the location in Donegal Town is perfect.
“You have the people from the town and you also have great access from the bypass,” he said. “Along with the Top Oil forecourt and Londis, this is going to be a great place to stop.”
Mr Connolly agreed, saying: “It works elsewhere in the country. This one here in Donegal Town will be quite similar to the one at the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, Co Offaly.”
With 40 people on site and many more suppliers and specialists carrying out work, Michael Kelly and foreman Barry Gallagher are working hard to be finished for the August opening.
Mr Gallagher said it was great to be able to work with so many local people and to show just how much skill and quality suppliers were available in Donegal.
“We have the 40 people working directly for the builders,” he said. “Then you have trade craftspeople and suppliers like the stone mason, Ferm Engineering, McMonagle Stone and McMenamin Engineering. It is all very positive. You wouldn’t see that very often, to have this many locals all working on a project.”
Cllr Conaghan said Donegal Town was coming along very nicely. He is looking forward to seeing this and other projects in the area coming to fruition in the near future.
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