CALL FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT AT BACON FACTORY SITE
As the new Dairygold CEO, Jim Woulfe, this week settles in at the top, a local supplier and shareholder has called for the Co–Op SuperStore and timber yard to be centralised under one roof in a new development at the former bacon factory site at Cahir Hill, Mitchelstown.
“It’s crazy the way the whole thing is split up. Sometimes you go to the shop in the New Square for something and they send you down to Clonmel Road where you eventually find that they don’t have the item there either. It’s very unsatisfactory," the shareholder told The Avondhu.
He posed the question, “Why not dispose of these buildings and construct a purpose built outlet on the Cahir Hill location which is accessible to all of Munster through the M8 and new road network?”
“The cost of building was never as low, so this the ideal time for such a project,” the Dairygold supplier continued.
The call comes at a time when 4Homes Superstores, which come under the umbrella of Dairygold spin off, Reox Holdings, are under scrutiny as to their viability. The stores have, in common with other hardware and building suppliers, suffered a severe downturn as a result of the slump in the housing market.
It seems likely that a number will now be closed down and the premises sold off while others may be taken back as part of the Dairygold operation.
The Dairygold shareholder, currently proposing radical action in Mitchelstown, also expressed the belief that Jim Woulfe is ‘very much his own man’.
“It must be remembered that it was Jim who pioneered the privatisation of milk collection at Dairygold, so he’s no stranger to the rationalisation process. He’ll do whatever needs to be done,” the milk supplier concluded.
Thursday 9th July 7:01pm