Clothing company Regatta Great Outdoors has announced plans to open several new stores nationwide, resulting in the creation of 100 jobs.
The planned stores will be located in Galway, Dublin and Waterford.The company, based in Cork with its headquarters in Manchester, have said the expansion was linked to multimillion euro turnovers in recent years.
Regatta Great Outdoors was established in the UK in 1981 by Lionel Black and is still owned and run by the Black family. Its Irish operations were established in 2000 when Brian Fox, now the brand’s Regatta Ireland Director, was appointed as a sales representative for the brand and sold to buyers from a garage in his own home.
The company opened its first Irish concession in Shaws of Wexford in 2004, soon expanding to 18 concession stores nationwide by 2009. The company’s first stand-alone shop in was opened in Limerick in 2011.
The brand, which is known for its technical outdoor wear and footwear currently has 11 stand-alone shops across the State and has seven more openings planned throughout this year.
Regatta Ireland director Brian Fox said: “The expansion of the Regatta brand in Ireland is to satisfy customer demand, which has grown due to the affordable product range we have available in our stores,” he said.
“We are delighted to see our business growing following some turbulent years in Ireland as we are creating new jobs in local areas. We look forward to continued growth and success in the coming years.”
The company sells a variety of technical clothing including jackets, fleeces, trousers and softshell jackets and suitable for harsh conditions, offerings the company says prove very popular within the Irish market.