Supermac's owner Pat McDonagh has said that the Irish hospitality sector could take up to four years to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As reported by The Irish Times, McDonagh said that the impact that the pandemic has had on Ireland's hospitality sector has been "unprecedented", and that while tourism from the UK and Europe might recover quicker, he believes that tourism from the US is likely to take several years to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels.
McDonagh also stated that sales at his Só Hotels brand will likely be down by over 80% this year, and sales are expected to be down by 30% to 40% across the Supermac's chain this year.
New Service Station Plaza Plans
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McDonagh made the above statements as Supermac's announced plans for a €10 million service station plaza development adjacent to the Galway-Limerick motorway and the Limerick Tunnel.
The company will submit a planning application for the proposed development to Limerick City Council in the coming days. If approved, the proposed development will have a service station, 12 electric vehicle charging points and a food court that includes the Supermac's, Papa John's Pizza and Bewley's brands.
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