28 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

ust off the Glencarn car park in Castleblayney, has proved a major boost for shopping in the Mid-Monaghan town, with a huge run of trade evident at the new local superstore.
It also attracted warm praise from local public representatives at this week’s meeting of Castleblayney Town Council.
The re-opening of the SuperValu store at the Glencarn Shopping Centre has also been marked with an ongoing range of special offers for customers, which have added considerably to the high volume of business.
With €10 gift vouchers for every €50 spent in the store, the present ongoing shopping promotion, which continues at SuperValu until Oct 6th is also attracting many shoppers from all the neighbouring towns.
Mr. McMahon, who is now one of the largest leading local employers, with a staff of around seventy, said during the week he was delighted to continue to welcome all existing Centra customers, as well as the huge volume of new SuperValu shoppers who have experienced the benefit of top value shopping with SuperValu in the past.
The opening of the new SuperValu centre at the Glencarn Park has led to an additional twenty more jobs being created by Mr. McMahon.
Speaking in his extended SuperValu premises, following the opening last week, Mr. McMahon said the shopping public is assured of top value in the store.
SuperValu, he said, is committed to supporting Irish food processors, and 75 per cent of everything sold in the store is either sourced or produced in Ireland.
He pointed to the fact that they uniquely stock 100 per cent Irish beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, which “is bred, born, and reared in Ireland”.
He also pointed to the fact that apart from the huge and varied range of all other Irish products on the shelves, 65 per cent of fruit and vegetables in stock at the Blayney SuperValu store “are also Irish”. He added that it was not unreasonable to assume that shoppers to the Blayney SuperValu store can now easily save “more than a third on their normal weekly shopping!.
Town councilors at Tuesday night’s meeting in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre had glowing praise for Mr. McMahon and his family on the opening of the expanded new SuperValu complex.
At the outset, Cllr. Brendan Hughes said he felt they should congratulate Mr. McMahon on the important development for the town at a time when other businesses were finding it difficult to survive for a variety of factors, not the least of which was the result of inequitable valuations.
Cllr. Hughes went on to sharply criticize the impact of a very harsh valuation regime on local business, over which the local authority had no control, and told the Council they could see the results of this for themselves with the wholesale closure of premises at Dublin Street in Monaghan and Muckno Street in Blayney, where, he added, the impact was “crippling”.
James Cunningham said the additional employment created locally by Mr. McMahon was very commendable for the town.
Joe Brennan said that in the light of previous developments locally it was indeed very heartening to see the national brand retained in the town and he added his congratulations and best wishes to Mr. McMahon and his wife Paula. He also supported criticism aired over the severity of some valuations and thought there should be a re-balancing of the public taxation system in regard to many businesses.
Associating himself with the expression of good wishes towards the McMahon family’s SuperValu undertaking, Cllr. Gary Carville also joined in the criticism of the impact of unfair valuations on businesses locally. Public sector reform which would ensure a more equitable form of taxation rather than an inflated valuation was imperative, he said.
Cllr. Jackie Crowe, supporting the praise for Mr. McMahon, said that in relation to high valuations, he was aware of a case locally of one woman who was forced to shut down a business because of what she had to pay . Cllr. Sean McCooey joined with the Town Mayor Cllr. Aidan Campbell and Cllr. Peter Grimes in the Council’s expression of good wishes.

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