UK-based omnichannel retailer Screwfix is planning to open 11 stores in Ireland later this year, creating 140 jobs.

The new outlets will take the retailer’s store count in Ireland to 29. At present, the retailer operates 18 stores in the country.

The announcement came after the hardware retailer announced plans to open more than 50 stores, including 40 in the UK and ten in Ireland, this year.

Jobs created by the openings will include retail management, service assistant and supervisor roles. The company claims this will increase its employment rate by more than 30%.

Screwfix CEO John Mewett said: “I am incredibly proud of all Screwfix colleagues for their support in continuing to provide our customers with the products they need.

“The growing demand for convenience has led to the opening of more stores to help our busy customers get their jobs done.

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“We know that time is money for our customers and our new stores in Ireland will not only enable us to provide our customers with added convenience and certainty, but also allows us to provide even more job opportunities for local communities.”

Screwfix opened its first store in Ireland in 2019 and currently serves more than 300,000 active customers in the country.

The company offers more than 10,000 products from various categories, including power tools, workwear, heating and electrical appliances.

It also sells 24,000 products on its digital platform, which customers can order online and collect from their local Screwfix store.

Screwfix recently opened stores in Carlow, Athlone, Portlaoise, Dublin and Letterkenny.

Earlier this year, the retailer raised its overall UK and Ireland store target from 800 to more than 900.

It also identified particular opportunities for expansion in inner cities and rural catchment areas.