British grocery store chain Tesco has opened a €30m Tesco Extra retail store in Liffey Valley, Ireland.

The store is part of the retailer’s plan to invest €70m on stores in the country.

Claimed to be the company’s largest store in Ireland, it features 60,000ft2 of shopping space and free car parking spaces that can accommodate more than 440 cars.

Tesco Ireland CEO Andrew Yaxley was quoted by The Irish Sun as saying: “Tesco Ireland is really committed to ensuring that our stores play a big part in local communities.

“We are very proud that the vast bulk of the 175 jobs at this Liffey Valley store are going to local people.”

Tesco Extra will house various retail units such as Tesco Mobile, Vision Express, Costa Coffee, and Holland & Barrett.

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“The vast bulk of the 175 jobs at this Liffey Valley store are going to local people.”

The store incorporates advanced lighting, waste recycling facilities, as well as heating and cooling systems.

Yaxley added: “This new environmentally friendly flagship store will boast an extensive range of fresh food, groceries, beers, wines and spirits, as well as an exciting range of F&F clothing, toys and homewares.

“Providing a totally new and enhanced type of shopping experience for customers in the area, we look forward to working with local suppliers and becoming a strong and vibrant part of the community.”

The retailer announced its plans to cease operations of its loss-making Tesco Direct business earlier this month.

Tesco Direct is a non-food e-commerce business selling a range of general merchandise such as technology, clothing, toys and homeware.