EASONS have announced that they will be opening a new franchise in Kilkenny by the end of September as a nationwide expansion bringing their total number of stores up to 32.
The new shop will employ at least ten people but a spokesperson for Easons was unable to confirm to the Kilkenny People where the shop would be located.
The new shop in Kilkenny is part of a e20m expansion by the book store. The expansion will see new shops open in Balbriggan in Dublin, Carlow and Kilkenny and is part of a plan to increase the number of Easons around the country from 18 to 32 with in three years.
Kilkenny is already well served by bookshops with Dubarry books, the Book Center and Khan’s books all serving the reading public. A book shop recently closed its doors in Kilkenny when Stonehouse Books ceased trading in McDonangh station. Despite this Easons is pushing ahead with expansion. A spokesperson for Easons said that they had received an application from a Kilkenny based franchisee that met all of their criteria.
The franchisee will pay an annual fee to Easons and buy stock through the company’s wholesale business. Eason’s no longer focus solely on the books and news paper market. They also sell a wide range of arts and crafts, cards as well as e-readers.
The managing director of Easons Conor Whelan recently admitted that newspaper and magazine were possibly the worst performing sales items but that cards were up significantly.