A leading wholesale company is to create more than 2,100 jobs expanding its high street operations.
The AIM Group is sourcing sites for 40 new Iceland supermarkets around the country which will take on 1,400 staff.
It is also planning to open 50 more 2 Euro shops and 15 Home Savers stores.
Tom Keogh, newly-appointed chief executive at AIM, said the company was committed to promoting Irish suppliers.
"Our combined retail offering, of value for money, Iceland foods along with our own brand Home Savers stores we believe will capture the Irish public's attention and are sure fire winners. We have a well-funded aggressive roll-out programme of retail stores for the next four years."
Mr Keogh added: "We are committed to using Irish suppliers throughout our expansion programme."
The first of the Iceland stores was opened in the Ilac centre in Dublin on Thursday.
The employment boost will include 525 staff in the Home Savers and 250 in 2 euro outlets.