Australian creative stationery chain Smiggle will employ up to 350 people here within the next two years as it rolls out as many as 25 outlets across the island, according to managing director John Cheston.
The company is part of the Just Group that’s owned by stockmarket-listed Premier Investments, the group headed by Australian billionaire Solomon Lew.
Smiggle opened its first Irish outlet at Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin yesterday, and Mr Cheston said the response had been the most impressive of any of the chain’s debuts.
Smiggle’s products are primarily aimed at children aged between six and 13.
Mr Cheston said the next store on the island will open in Derry in June, with another opening in Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin in July.
He said two Smiggle stores will open in Cork, and that the chain will also open outlets in Limerick and Galway.