Value Centre Castlebar was officially reopened by the Taoiseach earlier this week, just over a year after a fire at the cash and carry temporarily closed its doors. Owners and operators BWG Foods spent €2 million on a massive refurbishment of the site and kept all staff jobs open, moving workers to other Value Centres in the area until Value Centre Castlebar was ready to welcome them back. All 14 employees are now back in work and the cash and carry has resumed full service to businesses across the west of Ireland.
Speaking at the official opening, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “I am delighted to welcome the investment by BWG Foods in its Value Centre cash and carry sites around the country. It is especially welcome that the Castlebar Value Centre is reopening having been refurbished after it sustained fire damage last year and its 14 employees are returning to work at the site. It is a great vote of confidence by the company in its locations across the country that it is embarking on such a significant investment programme.”
Also speaking at the event was Leo Crawford, group chief executive, BWG Group, who said, “This is a very significant occasion for Value Centre and for BWG so we are particularly pleased to have An Taoiseach in attendance. What started out as a very unfortunate fire incident at the site has now been turned into a positive for our customers and staff, prompting a major upgrade and refurbishment of the premises. Value Centre Castlebar is a key geographical location in our nationwide network, but even more significantly, it is an important part of the local business fabric and our investment is testament to our confidence in the local area.”