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'Fast, healthy food' outlet Chopped announces UK expansion, 430 new jobs

There’ll be over 300 jobs in Ireland and 110 in the UK, it’s planned.

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FOOD COMPANY CHOPPED has announced 430 new jobs at new Irish and UK locations, as the firm plans an expansion from 20 to 46 outlets.

The positions will include a mixture of full- and part-time roles.

Chopped will open 20 new stores across Ireland in 2017, with the creation of 320 jobs, it’s planned.

These stores will be joined by six Chopped stores in the UK, its first expansion outside Ireland, with the creation of 110 jobs to service the new outlets and manage what the company describes as the “international roll out”.

Chopped already has outlets in Dublin, Kildare and Galway. It’s planning more locations in Dublin, along with new ones in Wicklow, Cork and Waterford.

The food company specialises in salads, sandwiches and wraps made using fresh ingredients.

“Last year we set a target of increasing our staff numbers by 100 and we exceeded that expectation by increasing our employees by 140 in 2016,” co-founder and managing director Brian Lee said in a press-released remark.

The company believes “this is only the beginning for Chopped,” he said.

Grafton Merchanting

In a separate jobs announcement Grafton Merchanting, which owns the Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley brands, has announced 170 jobs over the next two years.

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The builder’s and plumber’s merchant has branches across the country trading under names like Sam Hire, Telfords and Davies in addition to Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley.

The roles include senior management, specialist sales, operatives and administrative support, according to a statement.

Up to 100 of the 170 new roles will be created in 2017, with the balance next year.

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