The future of a Co Galway supermarket has been secured with the announcement that a local supermarket chain will take over the business, keeping doors open and saving local jobs.
Siopa an Phobail, based in Inverin, which was in receivership, has been acquired by Joyce’s Supermarkets, a family-run group of four grocery stores based in Galway. The shop employs some 40 full and part-time staff.
At the announcement on July 9, Pat Joyce, managing director of Joyce’s Supermarkets, pledged to keep the store open and to re-invest in the business. “We’d like to pay tribute to the management and staff of Siopa an Phobail and are delighted to bring stability to both employees and customers, giving them the security of knowing that the doors of their local store and place of employment will stay open for many years to come,” Mr Joyce said.
“Joyce’s Supermarkets are a local business with 63 years’ know-how in the Galway retail trade and we look forward to building on the success of Siopa an Phobail, bringing our passion for fresh, high quality, food and a commitment to better pricing and good value for money to the community of Inverin.”
Established in 1951 by Patrick Joyce senior, there are now five Joyce’s Supermarkets in the group, including Inverin, with outlets also in Athenry, Headford, Knocknacarra, and Tuam. The group is managed by Pat Joyce, son of the founder, and remains an independent, family-run, supermarket chain.
Employing more than 350 staff in its five stores, the supermarket chain is a well known supporter of sporting and cultural events. Last year, Joyce’s supermarket in Knocknacarra won the coveted title of Retail Excellence Ireland Store of the Year.