Shannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thru

first_imgNewsBusinessShannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thruBy Staff Reporter – July 4, 2018 3103 Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Advertisement Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Email Previous articleMcNamara qualifies for Irish OpenNext articleLimerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 has officially begun Staff Reporter Twitter Print Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins TAGSShannon airportStarbucks Shannon Commercial Properties, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Grainne McInerney, Property Development Manager and Gerry Dillon, Head of Operations & Developments. Pic Arthur Ellis. One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport The Shannon Free Zone has become home today of the country’s first drive-thru Starbucks as the US coffee house chain opened the doors of its latest outlet to the public this afternoon.The 204 sq metre unit developed by Shannon Group subsidiary, Shannon Commercial Properties, will employ 15 people as it becomes the latest page to turn in the evolving story of the Shannon Free Zone.The US based giant, which is among the world’s largest coffee companies and coffee house chains, operates over 20,000 outlets globally but this is the very first drive-thru in the Republic of Ireland.  Starbucks opened its first Irish store in 2005.Located in Shannon Free Zone ‘West’, the single storey unit will include outdoor – as well as indoor – seating, ideal for the heatwave currently gripping the nation.Given its location in one of the country’s largest industrial parks, the unit also, appropriately, comprise a coffee dock/meeting hub that will service the entire industrial estate and prove an additional draw for FDI companies, who typically look for such facilities in new investment locations.Its development is part of the ongoing investment by Shannon Commercial Properties in the Shannon Free Zone, the 600 acre business park adjacent to Shannon Airport. The business park is currently home to 160 companies employing almost 8,000 people.  By year end, Shannon Commercial Properties current investment programme will have seen over €40 million invested in the Free Zone since 2015.Said Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties, “We are currently working on the biggest investment programme of the millennium years in the  Shannon Free Zone. We’re developing world-class property solutions and providing facilities for amenities such as Starbucks is a key part of our redevelopment strategy. Attracting global brands like Starbucks is a great vote of confidence for the region.“Companies want their locations to have these types of services and brands in place.  The meeting hub there is also a great idea and everything has been built to the highest standard. We’re just looking forward now to our first cup of coffee there!”The unit was built by Moloney Contracts from Tralee in Co. Kerry and 40 people were employed during the construction phaseClick here for more business news. WhatsApp Linkedin Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Exciting days of cricket in store for South Florida

first_imgKINGSTON, JAMAICA – AUGUST 15: In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Oshane Thomas of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrates the wicket of Evin Lewis during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on August 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Oshane Thomas Some of the biggest names in West Indies cricket will play in the Hero Caribbean Premier League in  South Florida at the Central Broward Regional Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill over the weekend of August 18 and 19, and on Wednesday, August 22.August has been a month of exciting cricket for South Florida cricket fans. First, the West Indies played Bangladesh in the second and third of a three-match T20 series in Lauderhill on August 4-5. That series like the forthcoming CPL matches took place at the Lauderhill stadium,  the only ground in North America sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.The Caribbean CPL teams playing in South Florida over the next six days are the Jamaica Tallawahs, the Trinbago Knight Riders, the Barbados Tridents, and the Guyana Amazon Warriors.Dale Holness, big on South Florida cricketDale Holness, a long-serving member of the Broward County Commission, hails South Florida’s growing reputation as a hub for international cricket. New Zealand and India have played ODIs at Central Broward Regional Stadium, which also hosted Caribbean Premier League matches in 2016 and 2017.“These games are extremely important for South Florida. It has tremendous economic impact because you have visitors coming in from around the world,” he said. “More cricket matches, played at frequent intervals has the potential for significantly increasing the revenue of businesses in the City of Lauderhill, in particular, and Broward County in general.” Holness said the Broward Commission worked diligently to have the Central Broward Regional Stadium built and functioning, and firmly believe it can be the “epicenter” of cricket in the United States. “The objective is for Lauderhill to be the prime destination for international cricket in the United States. The more games that are played at the stadium it’s the more it will attract international teams, and the more it will attract cricket fans, local, national and international.”last_img read more