James Whelan Butchers to Create up to 20 Jobs in Tralee

Shop Opening in Tralee

We are so proud to share with you that we will be opening our 11th shop later this summer in Tralee, Co. Kerry, creating up to 20 new jobs in the region. The new addition to the family will be part of the redevelopment of Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road in Tralee which will include a state of the art Food Hall. This new Food Hall will see some of Ireland’s leading artisan food brands coming together under one roof and will offer Kerry food lovers a world class retail experience on par with best international standards.

In 2016, we launched our collaboration with Ireland’s leading retailer Dunnes Stores, another family business with immense heritage and a strong sense of pride in delivering quality products and great value to its customers for generations. This collaboration has led to the opening of James Whelan Butcher shops around Ireland – Cornelscourt and Rathmines in 2016, Swords in 2017, Blanchardstown and Cork in 2018. In 2019 there were a further two shops opened, in Naas town centre and in the Jetland Shopping Centre in Limerick.

Visitors to the Avoca Stores in Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue will be aware of our award-winning butcher as both shops feature James Whelan Butcher shops on site and many food lovers will also be aware of the original founding butchers shop in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. James Whelan Butchers was also the first Irish butchers to open an online shop, back in the early 2000’s.

As many of you will be aware, James Whelan Butchers was founded in the 1960’s by husband and wife team, James and Joan Whelan who are fifth generation 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.

Currently employing over 180 people, we are now recruiting for a wide range of positions for our new Tralee shop – from those interested in beginning a career in butchery and customer service right through to experienced butchers.

CEO Pat Whelan, who is delighted to announce the opening of his 11th shop in Tralee, stated “It’s at times like this that we reflect on the values the business was founded on by my mother and father, which were simply quality and service – and while the business has adapted and grown over the years – the values have never changed – quality and service.

Pat added, “Our team is so proud to become part of this historic market town rich with a vibrant heritage and look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our new home in Tralee. We are currently recruiting for a wide range of positions from apprentice to experienced butcher, as well as customer service personnel. We promise a great place to work as part of a talented and ambitious team, competitive salary, continual training opportunities and an exciting career progression.

Dunnes Stores North Circular Road Store Manager, Anne Marie O’Hara, is looking forward to introducing his customers to the award winning artisan butcher. ‘It’s a very exciting time for Dunnes Stores in Tralee with the introduction of the new state of the art Food Hall. Already anticipation is building with customers as well as the team here. We know that the James Whelan Butcher shop will be such a great addition to our food offering, together with all of the other leading artisan food producers who will be calling Tralee and Kerry home in the very near future.

To find out more about how you can join the team at James Whelan Butchers email careers@jwb.ie
or click through to our careers page here.

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