AN estimated 100 people will be employed in the new SuperValu, currently under construction at Reenrour in Bantry.
Jim O’Keeffe, the owner of SuperValu, made the announcement during a licensing matter, which was dealt with by Judge James McNulty at Bantry District Court on Friday. Mr Tim Bracken, barrister, was in court for the purposes of securing a declaratory order in respect of the licence for the sale of alcohol.
Martin Barry of Daly Barry Architects outlined the specifications of the new 18,000 sq ft supermarket, which will be 50% larger than the existing SuperValu, with 64 car parking spaces overhead.
Supt Brendan Fogarty said there was no garda objection to the application, and there were no other objectors in court.
Mr O’Keeffe, who has the family business for 25 of its 40-year history, said the new supermarket will also have an instore bakery and will hopefully be completed by Christmas.