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Penneys to take centre stage as over 1,000 jobs to be created in new Carlow shopping centre

A further 100 jobs were created by synthetic diamond suppliers Element Six in Shannon.

Carlow Central Shopping Centre is set to open late next year.
Carlow Central Shopping Centre is set to open late next year.
Image: Lexeme Properties/Sherry Fitzgerald

A NEWLY REDEVELOPED Penneys is set to anchor a new €70 million shopping centre in Carlow.

Carlow Central Shopping Centre will create at least 225 jobs during construction and, once completed, will provide employment for approximately 800 full and part-time jobs on site.

It will comprise around 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space, as well as 640 car spaces and a further 10,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation.

The development is set to open to customers in time for the Christmas 2018 shopping period.

The Penneys itself will occupy 51,000 sq. ft. of retail space over two floors. Its site will incorporate the existing Penneys in Carlow Town, with additional adjoining lands on a site of 6.5 acres.

Lexeme Properties have confirmed that they are working to bring other big retailers to the shopping centre, after confirming its biggest space for Penneys.

Eamonn Duignan, of Lexeme, said: “This confirmation is the culmination of many years work by both Lexeme and Penneys, and ensures the delivery of Carlow Central.”

Further announcements on other retailers are expected “shortly”.

More jobs announced for Shannon

In a separate announcement today, synthetic diamond supplier Element Six announced the creation of a further 100 jobs at its Shannon facility, as part of a €7 million investment by the company.

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Element Six is a member of the De Beers Group of Companies.

The positions are in the areas of supply chain, engineering and manufacturing. Recruitment is said to already be underway, with all of the posts set to be filled in the first half of 2017.

At the end of this latest recruitment drive, the company will employ 550 people from its Shannon facility.

Global CEO Walter Hühn said: “A key influencer is the operating environment, which is considerably better now in Ireland. In return, we have invested heavily and created high-value jobs for the region.”

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