Three Circle K outlets boost national economy with 100 jobs

Operator’s latest opening, Kilcullen service station, will cater for thousands every day

Circle K: has a staff of 2,200 people across the Republic.

Circle K: has a staff of 2,200 people across the Republic.

 

Service station chain Circle K says it has created 100 new jobs around the Republic this year with the opening of three new outlets.

Aspiring Olympic eventing rider Cathal Daniels last weekend opened Circle K’s newest service station on the M9 motorway – part of the main Waterford-Dublin road – at Kilcullen, Co Kildare.

Circle K said it would hire 30 workers to staff the M9 service station. Kilcullen will be the last of three stations that Circle K has opened this year.

The company said at the weekend that three businesses had created 100 new jobs in centres outside Dublin.

Circle K announced plans for the three stations in partnership with State roads body Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Athlone and Gorey

The others are a recently launched outlet on the M6, the main route into the west of Ireland, at Athlone Co Westmeath; and Circle K’s largest facility at Gorey, Co Wexford, which was responsible for 40 of the jobs.

Circle K also opened a service station at Kill, Co Kildare, in December last year. It has spent €35 million on the four new outlets opened over the last 10 months.

The site opened at the weekend will include a charging point for electric cars, a McDonald’s, a children’s play area and a café. The company expects that it will cater for thousands of motorists every day.

Gordon Lawlor, managing director of Circle K, pointed out that the group employed 2,200 people in the Republic, almost half of them outside Dublin.