It’s been a long road.
But today, Tesco Ireland is welcoming customers back to its refurbished store at Douglas Shopping Centre more than a year after a car-park fire devastated the development in August 2019.
The supermarket has invested €1.5 million in rebuilding the 55,000 sq ft store, as well as making all the adjustments necessary to reopen in the middle of a pandemic, and a further 30 new jobs have been created, adding to the team of 100 employees who worked there prior to the fire.
Throughout the closure, colleagues were redeployed to other stores in Cork but have now returned to Douglas and have been working hard to ready the store for re-opening in line with Covid-19 safety protocols.
“Reopening under Level 5 restrictions is certainly a very different event than we might have planned, I’m delighted to say we’re able to deliver a safe and easy experience for our returning customers.” said store manager Dermot Hever.
“I must commend and thank our colleagues who were temporarily re-deployed to our sister stores in Cork, and I know they’re all delighted to be back in the Douglas store serving the customers they know so well.”
Tesco is one of 13 units within the Douglas Shopping Centre that have reopened this week to provide essential services during the Level 5 restrictions.
A number of other businesses are expected to reopen once the latest restrictions are lifted, just in time for the Christmas rush in Deember.