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Kavanagh Group

Shop Street, Westport, Ireland



The Kavanagh Group is a family owned business involved in the  Retail and Hospitality Sector The original business was founded in by Sean and Nora O’Connor with the opening of a general grocery store on the Octagon in Westport in 1952. In 1979 Noel Kavanagh, Managing Director of the Kavanagh Group took over the management of the business and began ambitiously expanding the company. Noel’s two sons are heavily involved in the business with Mark working as Sales Director of the Irish business and Noel Jnr as the Managing Director of the UK arm of the business.
This progression has led to the Kavanagh Group becoming Ireland's largest independent supermarket retail company - with sixteen supermarkets across Ireland and Britain.
1984 was a milestone year for the company with the relocation of the original business to a new sixteen thousand square foot store on Shop Street, Westport. Clifden followed in 1988 and a new Shopping Centre was built in Castlebar in 1990. 1994 saw the group expand into Donegal with the purchase of the Dungloe Shopping Centre while the Donegal Town store was added in 1995. The company ventured into south Mayo in 1996 when the Claremorris Store was purchased and a fourth Mayo store opened in Kiltimagh in 1997. The first of two stores in Northern Ireland was added in Strabane in 1999 while 2001 saw the addition of a further northern store - in Derry City.
2006 was another historic year for the Kavanagh group with the acquisition of four Budgens stores in West Sussex and Surrey. These stores are located in Midhurst, Hinchley Wood, Selsey and Bishops Waltham. The last new Irish store the group opened was in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, in 2008. In August 2015 the group opened a new Budgens Supermarket in Eton, Berkshire, this is a new Budgens concept store. The group also owns and operates a number of other businesses in Westport, Co. Mayo, namely the Wyatt Hotel, O'Cee's Coffee Shop, Mulloy’s Household Store and O’Connor Fashions. The Kavanagh Group employs in excess of 1,100 people.


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Best of luck today on the relaunch of Kavanagh's new look Budgens store in Midhurst, West Sussex.

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New look Kavanagh’s SuperValu opens in Clifden following major investment TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 • THE MAYO NEWS WESTPORT – headquartered retailing company, The Kavanagh Group, recently opened its state-of-the-art newly renovated SuperValu store in Clifden town centre, following a €550,000 investment. The renovation led to the creation of five new jobs, bringing the total number of staff employed in the store to 80, and follows similar major investment in the renovation of the Kavanagh Group’s stores in Castlebar and Westport in the last number of years. The Clifden refurbishment focused on extending and improving the store’s fresh food offering, catering for increasing consumer demand for local and healthy food. The Clifden store now boasts an extended deli area serving an upmarket selection of hot and cold food and a new Frank and Honest gourmet barista coffee offering. Customers will also enjoy an expanded fresh food aisle, an extensive health section, a premium Italian range and a Food Academy aisle, which will be home to emerging local food suppliers and small producers. In addition there is a new cheese counter with an unrivalled selection of cheeses, many of which are seasonal sourced locally. SHOW OF CONFIDENCE COMMENTING following the official opening, Noel Kavanagh, Kavanagh Group founder and MD, said they are delighted with the new store, adding that such significant investment is a real demonstration of his company’s confidence in the local economy and a further example of their commitment to go above and beyond to deliver on the needs of their customers. “We have made a substantial investment to further underline our fresh food offering which SuperValu is renowned for and to bring great choice and value across the range,” he said. “We continue to provide even greater support to local suppliers through the Food Academy programme and we’re delighted that we have been able to create even more local employment in the process, highlighting the fact that we continue to repay our loyal customers by investing back into the local economy.” The Kavanagh family have been serving the community in Clifden since 1988, and as in all their stores, work very closely with the local community and charities, supporting a wide range of organisations around the area. The Kavanagh Group operate large SuperValu stores across Mayo, Donegal, Northern Ireland and Budgens stores in the UK, where they continue to invest in their business. The company is family owned and managed, both in Ireland and the UK. SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 221 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs over 14,500, making it one of the state’s largest private sector employers. Seventy-five percent of all items on SuperValu shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland.

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Supervalu tops pile with 23% grocery market share Irish Examiner, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Peter O’Dwyer Supervalu remains the country’s biggest supermarket as it continues to capitalise on consumers’ growing preference for healthier products. The retailer continues to top the pile in Ireland with a market share of 23%, beating Tesco into second place with 22.2%, while Dunnes Stores has a 21.5% share of the grocery market in third place. SuperValu continued to encourage shoppers to spend more at the tills and cashed in on strong growth in sales of fresh food in the opening three months of the year. “SuperValu remains the largest supermarket in Ireland, capturing 23% of consumer spend on groceries and increasing sales by 2.8% year- on-year,” said Kantar Worldpanel director David Berry. “We’ve seen consumers continue to allocate more of their shopping budget to fresh food over the past four years, and SuperValu has managed to capitalise on this very successfully. “Most recently the retailer launched its ‘Good Food Karma’ campaign, which aims to inspire the general public to cook from scratch using fresh ingredients. “The retailer saw strong growth across fresh staples in the past 12 weeks as a result: sales of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry all saw health increases.” Dunnes Stores’ sales growth reached an impressive 8% according to the Kantar Worldpanel data with its ‘Shop and Save’ campaign encouraging shoppers to spend an additional €2.50 on each visit. Tesco’s performance has been sustained by a different approach. The value of its sales have dipped by 0.7% but in volume terms are up by 2.7%. This reflects Tesco’s investment in low prices which has seen it win back customers and seen it sell more items this year, albeit at slightly lower prices. In this dataset, Kantar Worldpanel has increased its sample size from 3,000 to 5,000 households and monthly supermarket share data updated to reflect the increase. Growth trends are unaffected as historic data has been reworked, the company said. Discount retailer Aldi hailed it “as an unprecedented restatement of shopping behaviour in Ireland showing Aldi has now captured 10.9% of the market”. “Over 1.35m households shopped at one of our 124 Irish stores in the past 12 months – four out of every five homes in the country,” said Aldi Group buying director Finbar McCarthy. Fellow German discounter Lidl has maintained its position as the country’s fastest growing retailer though. This year, it has attracted an additional 43,000 shoppers and now holds an 11.2% share of the market. A new trend has emerged whereby shoppers are making smaller but more frequent supermarket visits, Mr Berry said. “As competition amongst the main grocery retailers remains intense, we’re actually seeing shoppers visit stores more often,” he said. “Over the latest 12 weeks the average household has made 63 separate shopping trips for grocery items, an additional four trips compared with last year.”

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Kavanagh's opens lastest refurbished Budgens The Grocer UK 12th Februay 2016

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