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270 jobs with food retailer Iceland

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270 jobs with food retailer Iceland

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 

270 jobs with food retailer Iceland

Food retailer Iceland is creating 270 new jobs in a €12m investment. The chain is opening nine new stores in Ireland this year, located in Tallaght, Galway, Cork (Douglas, Fermoy, Ballincollig) Letterkenny, Limerick, Shannon, and Gorey. - all  will be opened in the coming months.

The company's new store in Tallaght opens today at New Bancroft on the Greenhills road. This is the 13th Iceland store in Ireland, and the largest yet, covering 15,000sq. ft. and creating 35 jobs for the area. 

This growth will see Iceland grow to an employee base of over 530 in the latter half of the year.

The next store to open is Galway, on Tuesday, May 9 which will then become the largest store in Ireland to date, spanning 16,000 sq. ft. It will be the company's first store in the West of Ireland and be located near the NCT Centre.

Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Iceland are available hereClick on 'careers' tab and search by location.


  • Tallaght, Dublin 11th April 2017
  • Galway 9th May 2017
  • Douglas, Cork June 2017
  • Letterkenny, Donegal July 2017
  • Limerick August 2017
  • Gorey, Wexford August 2017
  • Shannon November 2017
  • Fermoy, Cork TBC
  • Ballincollig, Cork TBC

Ron Metcalfe, managing director of Iceland Ireland, said: “We have been back in Ireland for four years now and have been committed to expansion from day one. “This new investment sees 2017 as our biggest year yet with our nine new stores opening. We’re looking forward to bringing great value and a brand customers can trust to Tallaght, Galway, and across the country this year, as well as welcoming new team members to the Iceland family. “And as always, we’re looking forward to expanding and delivering the Power of Frozen to more Irish customers than ever before”.

The CareersPortal Team