THE future of the Waterford branch of Argos has been secured with the announcement that the store has been appointed as the regional training centre for Argos Ireland.
Through significant investment from Argos Ireland, the store, which employs 25 people, has had a training room put in place that will cater for more that 500 people attending various in house training courses and regional meetings over the coming months.
Store Manager Jim Cullen said the decision to appoint the Waterford branch as the regional training centre was down to restructuring of the company and the fact that training was taking place in rented accommodation, which needed to be centralised.
“We have quite a large building here in the city and we have converted the second floor into the training centre. The staff did a good deal of the work.
“From our point of view it is brilliant for the Waterford store. There are close to 16 meetings, with over 20 people in each, booked in already from now until Christmas,” Mr Cullen said.
The store manager added that the influx of people attending these meetings would have a positive knock-on effect for other businesses in the city.
“A good number of those attending the meetings or courses will be staying in hotels. It will bring a lot more business into the city,” he said.
Speaking about the performance of the Waterford store, Mr Cullen said, “It is doing well and it is great to see the investment coming our way.”
He said as a result the Waterford store is on secure ground, adding, “If it was their intention for us not to be here they wouldn’t have made such an investment.”