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Number of locations
Over 460
Area served
OwnerMusgrave Group
Centra store in Stranmills Road, Belfast

Centra is a convenience shop chain that operates throughout Ireland.[1][2] The chain operates as a symbol group and is run by Musgrave, the Irish food wholesaler, meaning the stores are all owned by individual franchisees.[3]

The chain has three different formats available to franchisees — smaller Quick Stop outlets, mid-sized Foodmarkets, and larger Supermarkets.[4] The majority of the stores follow the Quick Stop format, or are simply branded Centra, as Musgrave also offers the SuperValu format, which is geared towards larger supermarkets. There are currently over 450 Centra stores in the Republic of Ireland and 120 in Northern Ireland. In 2016, Centra posted a 3% increase in sales to €1.59bn.[5] Centra's main competitors are Gala, Spar and Londis, as well as a number of smaller groups such as Costcutter.

  1. ^ "Centra to create 400 jobs as part of €30m investment". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Musgrave trebles its profits in the North". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Musgrave pushes 'Food Island' plan as it targets growth". Irish Times. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Centra eyes 20 new stores as sales near €1.6bn". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Centra in €30m expansion as sales stall". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 January 2019.