Sunday, 15 March 2009


Kernans in Newtowncunnigham is celebrating this Friday with an open day. The day is to publicly introduce its move to Eurospar, giving greater value to you the customer, as well as to show off the new diner.

The fun kicks off about 11am with give-aways, spot prizes, free coffee and food and of course tremendous value in store. Highland Radio’s Lee Gouch and Steven Lynch will be joining in the festivities broadcasting live throughout the afternoon.

Situated in the heart of the community, the new, recently revamped, store is many things to many people. Having moved from a convenience store, the supermarket is now bigger, brighter and better value. Having global buying power, Eurospar, means that prices in the store are 20% less this year – just what customers need these days.

Natural Meeting Place
The 100-seater diner has been expanded (from 60) which means that there is plenty of room to eat and meet. Because of the location on the main Derry to Letterkenny route (or the Belfast to Galway road as one commuter noted), it has become a natural meeting place for business folk and locals alike. People can relax with a coffee or catch up with some work using the wireless broadband connection.

Speaking of coffee, Kernans is the only shop outside Dublin with a Barista Insomnia Coffee Dispenser. This coffee has become extremely popular with locals as well as the ‘dashboard diners’. The specially imported, roasted beans are very fresh and could certainly spoil you for other coffees.

Buying locally
Although Kernans now have global buying power, they still like to source as much produce as possible locally. Most of their fresh goods come from local suppliers and they used local builders for the new revamp.

Fresh Meat
The new butchery department has two local butchers who previously worked at McGees butchers in Letterkenny. The meat is all sourced locally, bought on the bone and butchered properly. It is not bought in ready prepared so you can be sure of quality meat at Kernans.

Biggest Local Employer

Anthony Kernan who runs the shop originally played football in England for Wolverhamton Wanderers. After he hurt his knee he came back home and went to Jordanstown to study business and finance. He decided to help his family set up Kernans for six months back in 1990 and has been there ever since. Anthony is proud to be one of the largest employers in the area with the shop employing 80 people locally. He also has a shop in Ramelton and is opening another in Stranorlar soon.

“Others may be downsizing, but I feel that spending the money on the expansion will help to safeguard future employment in these uncertain times,” Anthony explains.

New Appointment
Anthony has seen the shop reinvent itself four times over the years and there are always changes happening. “We are lucky to have just appointed a new manager, Liam Igoe who is coming to us from Buncrana Supervalu” Anthony, says “He has loads of skills and experience.”

Value Value Value
Anthony understands that it is all about value for money these days and Kernans is happy to provide this. Special offers at the moment include three easter eggs for €3.50. Now that is eggciting!


Anonymous said...

kernans is a nice shop plus samantha has ginger puebs

Anonymous said...

arlene is da best most plesant,well mannered,happy and gorgeous assistant kernans will ever get,p.s.KEEP HER!!1

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