Galway's famous family-owned fine food shop McCambridge's has been sold to Irish grocery giant Musgrave Group.
The award-winning deli, wine outlet and restaurant is an institution in the city centre since opening its doors in 1922, and with three generations at the helm, the sale to Musgrave will come as a huge shock to Galwegians.
The current managing director Eoin, grandson of founder George, and sisters Natalie and Norma agreed to sell to wholesale and retail grocery giants Musgrave for an undisclosed sum after putting the business up for sale on the open market.
Although the family is understood to be retiring from the business, it is expected Musgrave will keep the current to staff of 34 when they take over in the near future, while no immediate changes to the shop are expected.
Musgrave, which owns all Supervalu and Centra businesses, is seen as a good fit for the McCambridge's brand with many of its businesses, both retail and wholesale outlets, being operated independently. In addition Musgrave acquired Donnybrook Fair in 2018 in a move towards more upmarket food retail outlets, products which are now supplied across Supervalu outlets. It is understood some 70 per cent or more of its products are sourced in Ireland, and that is expected to continue when the change of ownership is complete.
In a statement Musgrave described McCambridge's as a "fantastic addition" to the group which "aligns with our purpose of Growing Good Business".
"McCambridge’s is internationally, nationally and locally acclaimed, and greatly admired by food lovers over many years.
"The store currently employs 34 people, all of whom will remain with the business as part of the transition to the Musgrave group. We look forward to working with them as part of the business integration process over the coming months."
The McCambridge family says they believe the sale of the business is an "exciting development" and "one that will both secure employment and the shop’s future as part of a new chapter in the long history of McCambridge’s".
"From one family business to another, we believe Musgrave’s values are strongly aligned to our own, and we look forward to watching the store thrive under new ownership."
The McCambridge family thanked "all colleagues and suppliers, past and present, for their hard work and support".
"We would like to thank our professional team of Cantwell Corporate Finance Ltd, Sheehan & Co Solrs, and Coll & Co. Finally, we would like to extend our appreciation to our customers for their loyalty through the years. We could not have run such a successful and long-standing business without them."