-Local retail brand at the heart of communities supporting almost 2,000 jobs-
SuperValu, part of the Musgrave retail and wholesale group, is celebrating 25 years in Northern Ireland. With the first store on Belfast’s Kings Road to the most recent addition, Wilson’s SuperValu on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown, the chain now operates 37 stores across Northern Ireland.
In March 1996, Musgrave acquired four shopping centres and a supermarket – Belfast’s Kings Road, Downpatrick, Carrickfergus and Banbridge. These were to become the first of many SuperValu stores in Northern Ireland and then in June 1997, the group acquired 21 Wellworth stores which significantly expanded the network.
Speaking today, Nigel Maxwell Sales Director for SuperValu in Northern Ireland said –
“At SuperValu, we are proud to mark our 25th year in Northern Ireland. Our colleagues and retail partners are embedded in the local communities they serve – providing customers with value, choice and convenience.
“A key component of our strategy is supporting local and it is our collaborative approach with the outstanding local producers and suppliers that have ensured our shelves remained stocked and our customers happy.”
SuperValu works with over 3,000 local farmers, in partnership with over 140 local suppliers and sell nearly 3,000 local products across their stores. With impressive state-of-the-art store layouts and a strong emphasis on bringing new and innovative products and ranges to stores, SuperValu is leading the way in shopper experiences.
Nigel Maxwell continues –
“Over the years, our focus has been on meeting the changing needs of today’s shoppers which has meant reimaging the look and feel of our stores. Despite the challenges of last year, we opened new stores in Ballynahinch and Portadown which followed revamps in Lisburn, Fruitfield and Aughnacloy. In addition, SuperValu Portstewart will be undergoing an extensive refurbishment later this year and I’m sure the local customers will be impressed.”
Local partnerships are at the heart of SuperValu and there is a strong emphasis on helping support local initiatives and charities. SuperValu, along with Centra, has been partnering with Action Cancer since 2001 and to date has raised over £3.1 million.
“At SuperValu, we have a very strong community focus and we wanted to reflect that, not only in the services we offer and food and drink that we sell, but also in the charities with whom we choose to work with. Our partnership with Action Cancer is one we are extremely proud of and to see the relationship grow and flourish over the years is testament to the commitment of our colleagues, stores and customers.”
To celebrate the 25-year milestone, the brand is giving away 25 prizes throughout March across their social media platforms as well as providing customers with some fantastic deals in store.
SuperValu’s 37 stores are located across Northern Ireland, for further information visit www.supervalu.co.uk/store-locator/.