£1.7m shop expansion set to bring 30 jobs to Lisnaskea

Swifts SuperValu, Lisnaskea FHB090

Swifts Eurospar, Lisnaskea FHB090

AN exciting new development at Swifts Eurospar is transforming the retail landscape of Lisnaskea.
The store’s £1.7 million expansion has brought much needed investment to the town and is now set to bring another 30 job opportunities .
The work, which began in May, is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.
Stephen Swift, director, explained, “This was a big investment for us. It’s something that has been in the planning for five years or more. It all started in May with a view of reinvigorating the site, turning it into something that was more relevant to today’s retail landscape.”
He added:  “This investment will significantly improve our facility for both the public and indeed our staff not to mention the employment opportunities during and after redevelopment.
“We’re still in transition, but we have been able to keep the store open throughout the work. The scaffolding was just taken down on Friday afternoon, so things look much better at the moment,” he added.
“It has been a phased approach and we’ve been working out of the extended area while the old part of the supermarket is completely gutted and revamped. We’ve still been able to stay open seven days a week.”
Swifts employ around 130 people full and part-time between their shops in Lisnaskea and Roslea and during the redevelopment phase gave employment to another 40 in the building trade.
“When we finish the redevelopment I would think we will provide another 30 full time and part time job opportunities here,” said Mr Swift.
He continued, “We want to create a community hub with our store providing a retail facility that local people will enjoy visiting.  There will be major focus on fresh local products within a supermarket that really will have everything our customers want at competitive prices in the heart of Lisnaskea.”
The investment sees the installation of Cafe 33 coffee shop, an extended bakery and Irvine’s Family Butchery in-store.
The deli and hot food counter is to be extended and the forecourt’s new canopy and pumps will have the latest Star branding.
Originally Gannon’s, Swifts have traded there since 1997. There was major redevelopment 16 years ago in 2000 when the entire site was re-built. The additional redevelopment has seen them change retail partner and are now trading under the Eurospar banner.

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