3, Ireland’s fastest growing mobile network, today announced the opening of a new 3Store in Mullingar, independently-owned and managed by local businessman Dermot Conroy. The Mullingar 3Store is the first of 20 independently-owned stores opening nationwide, creating 90 new retail jobs this year. 3 is investing nearly €5 million increasing its retail footprint with 8 of its own shopping centre “kiosks” and 20 independently-owned operations under the 3 brand, giving local business owners an opportunity to set up shop with the backing of a major international company. The new 3Store in Mullingar is ideally located in Pearse Street, Mullingar.


To celebrate the new store opening, 3 announced a special, exclusive offer on the INQ Mini fro all Mullingar 3Store customers.  The INQ Mini is available for only €29 on 3Pay for the next three weeks and there are other great savings to be made in store.


The new 3Stores will significantly extend 3’s reach across the country and will complement the existing 22 3Stores and 200 independent retailers which serve 3’s growing customer base. The retail expansion programme has been designed to increase 3’s retail footprint to maximum effect. This commitment by 3 underlines its position as Ireland’s fastest growing mobile operator, market leader in mobile broadband and Ireland’s largest high speed network.


Elaine Carey, Sales and Marketing Director, 3 commented: In tough economic times, 3 is backing local independent retailers by providing access to the strength of 3’s global brand and all the economies of scale that come from joining a major retail network. At a time when many local independent retailers are seeing their partnerships disappear, 3’s expansion plans bring a welcome boost to independent businesses with the ambition to join the fastest growing mobile network in Ireland. It’s a unique opportunity for local retailers to grow with us and be part of a success story during difficult times.”


Speaking at the announcement, Dermot Conroy, Manager and owner of the new store said: “We have a fantastic team here in Mullingar who have all been eagerly awaiting the new store opening and are delighted the day has come. We are looking forward to meeting all new and existing customers and welcome everyone in the area to pop in and have a look around the new store.”


Independent retailers interested in joining the 3 network of stores with a strong track record in the telecommunications sector can apply to sales@three.ie or see www.three.ie/3partners. Most of the locations being selected by 3 are close to the National Broadband Scheme areas.


3 has invested over €600 million in rolling out its high speed and high capacity network in Ireland to date, with ongoing investment as part of the National Broadband Scheme.


For more information see three.ie for details.