Fashion retailer Penney’s is to open the doors of its biggest West of Ireland store in Ballina at the former Archers premises on Pearse Street on Saturday next.The Ballina store will be more than 40,000 square feet, making it larger than the stores in Galway and considerably bigger than Penney’s other Mayo store, located in Castlebar.
The store is bringing major jobs and retail boost to the north Mayo town. More than 80 new jobs will be created in Ballina with the opening of a major new outlet of the low-cost fashion retailer.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held just before the opening of the store at 9am, when the directors of the company will unveil the shop and pay tribute to the efforts of staff in the run up to the event.
“We are delighted to be opening the new store in Ballina on Saturday March 10. Ballina provides an ideal location for Penneys as it meets our requirements for store locations and is already a popular destination for our key demographics. We are delighted to be back in Ballina since our first store ceased trading more than 22 years ago," Commenting on the opening of Penney’s in Ballina, Breege O’Donoghue said.
The new store incorporates the old Archer’s premises on Pearse Street and extends through to Market Street.The Ballina store will offer a full range of womenswear, lingerie, accessories, children’s wear, menswear, footwear, hosiery and homeware.
This is not Penneys first time in Ballina, with an outlet in the town at the Tesco site, closing about 20 years ago when Superquinn and Penneys parted company.
The Ballina store is the 162nd store in the company with new stores opening in Mullingar, Swords and Dundrum Town Centre in the past 18 months. Primark, which trades under the Penneys brand in Ireland employees 3,700 people in the country.
Penneys opening is only the beginning in retail development for Ballina,with Dunnes Stores having plans for redeveloping its premises and a new Tesco complex is in the pipeline. Discussions are underway to develop the complex on the existing Stephenites’ main pitch.