Cir­cle K spends €3.7m on new N7 site as part of fore­court in­vest­ment

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS NEWS - MARK PAUL Busi­ness Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

Cir­cle K, the Cana­dian-owned fore­courts re­tailer pre­vi­ously known in Ire­land as Topaz, has in­vested €3.7 mil­lion in a new site open­ing this week on the N7 artery into Dublin.

The in­vest­ment is part of a €35 mil­lion cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture pack­age that in­cludes three large mo­tor­way fore­court sites that will open next year in Wex­ford, Kil­dare and West­meath.

Cir­cle K will open its lat­est premises on the N7 at Kill north to­day, em­ploy­ing more than 20 staff. The re­tail brands in­clude Cantina, Cir­cle K’s Mex­i­can hot food of­fer­ing, as well as pizza and deli coun­ters and hot cof­fee.

Niall An­der­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cir­cle K, said the new site is ex­pected to be among the busiest in its net­work of about 420 sta­tions across the coun­try, which are split be­tween com­pany-op­er­ated premises and dealer-run sites us­ing its brand.

The Kill north sta­tion is lo­cated on the site of an old Esso ser­vice sta­tion on the way into Dublin from Kil­dare. Cir­cle K ex­panded the site into a strip of land that was owned by the nearby Goffs equine cen­tre.

Mr An­der­ton con­firmed that Cir­cle K’s new mo­tor­way sites, op­er­ated un­der a deal with the Na­tional Roads Author­ity (NRA), were all on sched­ule to open next year.

The NRA de­vel­oped a site near Gorey on the M11, which is be­ing con­verted to the Cir­cle K brand and will open in Fe­bru­ary.

The group is build­ing the other two more mo­tor­way fore­courts it­self un­der deals with the NRA, on the M9 at Kil­cullen, due to open next Oc­to­ber, and on the M6 near Athlone, due for Novem­ber.

Mr An­der­ton said Cir­cle K was about 60 per cent of the way through the full re­brand­ing of its net­work, which it started ear­lier this year as it in­tro­duced the brand to the Ir­ish mar­ket. Its fuel pumps are be­ing re­branded to Miles, while the fore­court canopies and re­tail out­lets be­come Cir­cle K.

Cir­cle K chief ex­ec­u­tive Niall An­der­ton: 60 per cent of the way through re­brand­ing

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