Hegarty’s Centra opening a vote of confidence in local economy

Yet another new business will re-open it’s doors officially in South Donegal tomorrow (Friday) as two local brothers express their confidence in the future of the local economy.

Yet another new business will re-open it’s doors officially in South Donegal tomorrow (Friday) as two local brothers express their confidence in the future of the local economy.

Hegarty’s Centra, Kilcar opens it’s newly refurbished 1,800sq.ft. store tomorrow afternoon with the ever-popular Noel Cunningham of TV3 presiding over the ceremonies.

It is good news for the village of Kilcar as the development represents an investment of €120,000 and most importantly has created employment for ten full and part - time staff from the surrounding community.

The new look spacious store, which also includes a hardware/DIY section and offers customers an extensive range of fresh fruit and vegetables, a top-class fresh meat offering, a new bakery and a large deli, as well as freshly ground Fair Trade coffee and an award-winning Wine selection.

Indeed its selection of wines ranging from €6 to €21 would do any four star restaurant with some notable Fleurie’s And Chardonnay’s on offer. The emphasis and importance of value is central to the store and its owners, Liam and Kevin Hegarty.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat Liam Hegarty said, “We are not asking people to drop into us just because it is local - we are asking them to shop with us because of our truly great value, extensive range, flexible opening hours and our personal attention.

“As part of the Centra chain we can avail of their strong purchasing power and are in a position to pass these great prices on to the customer. I firmly believe we can match if not better, the prices in any of the larger multiples and of course, we are open when others are closed.

“The new store’s weekly special offers combined with Centra’s own brand range, multi-deals on fresh produce and the extension of Centra’s ‘Good-to- Go’ range ensure that the local community is provided with the best value offering while maintaining the highest standards of quality and choice,” he said.

Kevin Hegarty added, “We have planned this development very carefully to meet the needs of the local community and to provide excellent value, service, range and quality in a modern, convenient location.

“This considerable investment in these challenging times indicates our confidence in the local economy and the demand from shoppers for the good value and service we provide each day.

“Our aim is to take the hassle out of the daily lives of consumers through the provision of convenient shopping solutions at good value prices that meet their daily needs.

“Our customers can now purchase fresh and healthy food under one roof without sacrificing quality or value - we are in effect, a one - stop shop!”

Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, Centra adds: “Centra Kilcar allows the local community to shop for everything under one roof and this significant investment is further evidence of the independent retailers’ pride and confidence in its community.

“Furthermore, it represents the demands of the local community for quality Irish produce at good value for money prices. The fact that our retail partners are independent benefits both the store and the communities they live and operate in.

“In this case, Centra has been in business in Kilcar for just a few months but already customers are reaping the great value Centra has to offer, and this has proven to be very responsive to the local needs of the community.”

As part of its commitment to the local community in Donegal and to Irish jobs and suppliers, 75% of goods sold in store is either produced or sourced in Ireland.

“The total purchases of Irish goods and services made by Musgrave, on behalf of its retail partners in Centra and SuperValu, are worth over € 2.9bn to the Irish economy each year,” he concluded.