Multi-award-winning James Whelan Butchers is delighted to announce Naas as its next location for its craft butchery excellence and expertise, creating 15 jobs in the region. From the 22nd of August, Dunnes Stores in Main Street Naas will host the artisan butchers, with a state of the art retail space, offering food lovers in Naas a retail experience on par with best international standards and featuring artisan meat and farm products from small producers across Ireland as well as some small specialty farms in Europe.
In 2016, James Whelan Butchers launched its collaboration with Ireland’s leading retailer Dunnes Stores, also a family business with immense heritage and a strong sense of pride in delivering quality products to its loyal customers for generations. This collaboration has led to the opening of four James Whelan Butchers shops in Dublin – Cornelscourt, Rathmines, Swords and more recently in Blanchardstown. 2018 saw the opening of Bishopstown Court, Bandon Road, Cork, with Naas being the first in Co. Kildare.
Visitors to the Avoca Stores in Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue will be aware of this award-winning butcher as both shop feature James Whelan Butcher shops on site and many food lovers will also be aware of the original founding butcher shop in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. James Whelan was also the first Irish butchers to open an online shop, back in the early 2000s.
James Whelan Butchers first opened in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, in 1960, by husband and wife team, James and Joan Whelan who are fifth generations butchers and farmers. The current CEO Pat Whelan, James and Joan’s son, has been at the realm since 1999 and has developed the brand nationally and internationally, creating award winning artisan products, which appear on the shelves of some of the leading international retailers, including Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Whole Foods.
James Whelan Butchers is now recruiting for a wide range of positions – from those interested in beginning a career in butchery right through to experienced butchers, for their new shop in Naas.
Speaking on the jobs announcement, Pat Whelan said “James Whelan Butchers is a company that truly celebrates talent, and we work with our staff to ensure they reach their full potential, through continuous professional development. Working as part of our team isn’t simply a job, but a gateway to a rewarding and fulfilling career, where hard work is rewarded and ambition is nurtured. We’re looking for people who share our passion for creating great food, people who will invest as much in us, as we will in them.”
Pat added “We are also seeking individuals who are looking for a change in career, or perhaps people who are taking their first steps on their career journey to join our Butchers Academy Programme where we are training the next generation of master butchers. All that we ask them to bring with them is a passion for great food, great customer service and a willingness to be taught by some of the leading lights in the industry. When these butchers graduate from our Academy, they take up positions within James Whelan Butchers, from customer facing, management to business and product development, all continuing to serve our loyal customers with a deep understanding, respect and knowledge of the business and the art of butchery. It would be so great to have the opportunity of training aspiring Kildare teams to become the next great Master Butchers.”
James Whelan Butchers will open at Dunnes Stores, Main St. Naas from August 22nd, 2019. Pat Whelan is looking forward to introducing the people of Naas to the brand. “James Whelan Butchers is well known for its innovative approach to its craft. Our customers can look forward to buying and tasting award winning quality meat products from a team of approachable, friendly and knowledgeable experts”.