The Quish Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire SuperValu Ballincollig from store owner Barry Downs. The Downs family has owned and operated the store since 1952 and will hand over the store to another family with a long association with SuperValu. The Quish Group already owns two SuperValu stores in Ballincollig and in Tramore County Waterford, employing a total of 190 staff. As a result of this acquisition, the company will employ in excess of 240 people. A €1 million investment in a revamp of the Ballincollig store has also been announced. As a community retailer that is deeply embedded in Ballincollig and Tramore, the Quish Group will continue to support the wide variety of local initiatives that the Downs family has supported such as sponsorship of Ballincollig GAA and sourcing from a range of local suppliers. Commenting on the announcement, Barry Downs, Down’s SuperValu, said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers, suppliers and the Ballincollig community, as well as our dedicated, hard-working staff for all of their support over the years. While it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to our store, we leave in in the hands of the Quish family who will take SuperValu Ballincollig from strength to strength.” Cormac Quish, Director of the Quish Group, added, “We are extremely happy to takeover SuperValu Main St. Ballincollig. We will be investing over €1 million in a store revamp. Customers can rest assured that they will be able to avail of the best combination of value, customer service and quality fresh food in the market as well some brand new and exciting developments instore. We will also continue the strong community support that Down’s have undertaken in the past.” Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu, added, “We are delighted that the Quish Family are taking on and developing Main St Ballincollig. This most progressive family group have developed a reputation of the highest standards in food innovation and customer service. As SuperValu stores are independently owned and operated, each store has a tailored offer and deep commitments to their local community which the Quish family fully appreciate and will continue.” SuperValu serves over 2.6 million customers every week and has 219 stores nationwide. Together with its retail partners, SuperValu employs approximately 14,500 colleagues, making it one of the State’s largest private sector employers. 75% of everything on SuperValu’s shelves is sourced in Ireland. SuperValu continues to source locally wherever possible which helps to sustain 30,000 jobs in the Irish economy.