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Paddy Power open 500th Irish/UK shop

Friday, March 28 16:35:32

Paddy Power announced today the opening of their 500th betting shop across the UK and Ireland.

The company has opened 20 shops to date in 2014 (10 in the UK and 10 in Ireland) with a further 60 planned for the rest of the year.

When Paddy Power began in 1988 the company had 42 shops in Ireland, however the retail estate has seen consistent annual growth since then - in fact 2013 was the busiest year in the history of the company with 67 new shops opening.

The company now has over 2,500 people working in the Retail business, 37 of whom have been with Paddy Power since the beginning.

"We are delighted to have reached the milestone of 500 shops," said Paddy Power, company spokesperson. "We are continuing to grow and invest in our retail estate, bringing the Paddy Power difference to the high street."

Paddy Power trialled a new shop design in both London and Dublin in 2013, incorporating a range of betting technology, including a premium audio-visual experience, enhanced racing content and mobile tablets. This new retail experience has been now rolled-out across more than 35 of the company's shops across both countries.