Ireland’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, Topaz announced yesterday that it will be creating a total of 230 jobs in conjunction with McDonald’s across two Motorway Service Areas located on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road in Fermoy and the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road at Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow.
Additionally, during the construction phase of both developments a total of 100 jobs will be created across both sites. The Fermoy development will be in direct conjunction with local developer JR Oronco and is due to open in Autumn 2017. Topaz Junction 5, M9, Co. Carlow is due to open in March 2017.
The overall Topaz investment in the construction of both of the new state-of-the-art Service Stations will be €14 million which will both feature McDonald’s restaurants, representing a €2 million investment by the restaurant chain and bringing the total investment to €16 million. The service area will be in well-positioned Motorway locations on the Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes.
This latest investment announcement by Topaz follows a €1.2million investment in a major site redevelopment at Dublin Port in partnership with Dublin Port Company late last year.
In the past 24 months, Topaz has invested €36.1million in its retail network with investment going towards the development of its Re.Store brand, the upgrade and rebrand of the recently acquired Esso network and the development of major Topaz sites at City Avenue in Dublin and Ballysimon in Limerick.
Commenting on the new deal, MD of Topaz, Niall Anderton commented, "The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists. The development represents a very significant investment by Topaz, and we are also delighted to be able to bring a large number of jobs to both Cork and Carlow."