Apache eyes Roscommon as part of national expansion

Apache Pizza has announced plans to expand its presence in County Roscommon as it looks to create 300 new jobs and open 20 new stores in Ireland by the end of the year.

“We are already well established in Roscommon, and the county is very much part of our plans for expansion over the coming months,” said Apache CEO Martin Lyons.

The pizza chain says it has served 5.3 million pizzas to its customers during Covid-19 pandemic so far, recording a 12% growth in sales overall in 2020.

The company says its expansion plan is driven by its ambition to reach everyone on the island of Ireland and the 300 jobs will include roles such as supervisors, managers, customer service representatives and couriers.

Martin Lyons said Apache is the market leader for pizza delivery in Ireland with 169 stores nationwide.

“Apache Pizza was founded in Dublin in 1996. It is an incredible success story and we are delighted to celebrate 25 years in business this month. We currently employ 2,440 people in communities all over the island of Ireland, and we will grow to 2,740 employees by the end of 2021,” he said.

Apache Pizza was founded in Dublin in 1996 by Robert Pendleton and his wife Emily Gore Grimes. The business is now owned by Food Delivery Brands and OKR Group.