A new Danish home retail store JYSK that is set to rival IKEA opens this week in Kildare ahead of its opening in Laois later this year.
JYSK, pronounced 'yusk' is confirmed to open in Laois Shopping Centre this summer, with contracts signed by the shopping centre owners Harcourt Developments.
It will open in a long-vacant 1,000sqm unit on the external lower ground floor near Petworld. The company said it is looking for about 13 staff for the Portlaoise store.
Have a sneak peak at the Kildare store in the gallery above to see what is coming to Laois.
JYSK confirmed its plans to open in Portlaoise.
“Our store will be located at Portlaoise Shopping Centre. We will have one store manager, one deputy store manager, one trainee store manager plus approximately 10 sales assistants,” they said.
Salaries will be up to €35,000. The company advertised online for staff for all four of the shops it will open in Ireland in 2019.
The other three stores to open in Ireland this year are Naas in April and Drogheda and Navan in May. The company plans to open 15 branches across Ireland by 2020, creating 200 jobs.
JYSK is an international retail chain, in the style of IKEA, that sells 'everything for the home', owned by the original founder, billionaire Lars Larsen.
The store was first opened in 1979, and today has more than 2,700 stores and 23,000 employees across 51 countries worldwide.
JYSK head of retail Roni Tuominen said the Irish market was a “very important” one, given the “prominent position the retail industry holds in the country”.
“As a company, we focus on entering a new market each year, and we are excited that 2019 is the year we bring our brand to Ireland,” he said.