€7 million travel plaza to provide major jobs boost for Moneygall
Today, Supermac’s announced the development of a €7 million, new ‘travel plaza’ in Moneygall that will create more than 50 jobs, together with further 70 – 80 jobs in the development and building stages of the project. This 12 acre site will be a major purpose-built motorway services facility along the M7 route between Dublin and Limerick. The plans are to open a Supermac’s, Papa John’s Pizza and other food offerings included in a food court, as well as a convenience shop, fuel pumps and other facilities.
Scheduled to open for business early next year, it is hoped that the plaza will become a key stop-over point for motorists travelling through the midlands and will contribute to the local economy by bringing tourists and visitors to the area.
Pat McDonagh, Managing Director of Supermac’s says, “We’re thrilled to be creating a high employment development in the area. We hope to provide much needed employment and an economic boost by attracting visitors to Moneygall, which is already on the map as the birthplace of President Obama’s ancestors.”
Supermac’s is one of Ireland’s largest indigenous chain of quick-service restaurants, which also operate the pizza company Papa John’s. The Galway-based franchise currently has 103 outlets across the Republic and Northern Ireland. Supermac’s has plans to open a number of additional restaurants during the coming year. This will generate employment on a national level adding to its existing 2,500 plus employees.
Pat McDonagh also has significant business interested in the United States, where he opened the first Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant 11 years ago. Focused on great food and an inviting atmosphere, there are now 15 Claddagh Irish Pubs & Restaurants throughout the West and Midwest of America: Ohio (5), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Michigan (2), Minnesota (1), Wisconsin (1), Kentucky (1), and Pennsylvania (1).