All-Ireland Tesco post goes to Belfast man
Belfast man Gary Mills has taken over as operations manager for of all of supermarket giant Tesco’s stores in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Until recently he was stores director for the Tesco business in Northern Ireland but has now added the Tesco Ireland operation to his portfolio. It makes him responsible for around 160 stores and 22,500 employees North and South.
Mr Mills began his career with Stewarts Supermarkets, which was purchased by Tesco in 1997.
He said: “I am delighted to take up this role which offers many professional challenges for me but which is also a wonderful opportunity. Retail is increasingly seen as an industry with great career prospects and our staff can not only attain senior positions on this island, but |all over the world.
The Tesco manager is also upbeat about the economy, adding: “The current economic climate has certainly had a significant impact on the way our customers shop. Now, more than ever, we need to keep listening to what they want and respond in an appropriate manner.”
Tesco employs more than 9,000 people in Northern Ireland in 35 supermarkets and 10 express stores and says it currently sources goods to the value of more than £480m from local suppliers.