Property sits next to where the Pettitt story all began

Published 16/01/2016 | 00:00

The Stonebridge aparthotel property adjoins Oyster Lane where some 70 years ago Cormac Pettitt's grandfather Jackie Pettitt established the family's first supermarket in 1946.

Jackie Pettitt, who was then working with the L&N, took over the Beechville Dairy in Wexford's main street

From here he ran a counter service store until 1965 when he purchased the premises next door, merged them together and pioneered the first self-service operation in Wexford.

In 1974, Jackie Pettitt went on the expansion trail when he acquired his third main street premises, increased the total size to 2,300sq.ft.

In 1975, a new acquisition was added in the form of a 4,000 sq.ft. supermarket in St. Aidan's Shopping Centre, Wexford. Des Pettitt became responsible for the general management of this store and it has been extended twice bringing its total size to 17,000 sq.ft.

In 1978, another store was purchased in Enniscorthy and in 1983 a new supermarket was opened in Gorey. Both have been extended since. The Pettitt family bought its first store outside of County Wexford in 1987 in Athy, Co. Kildare and then again in Arklow, Co. Wicklow in 1989.

In November 2008, Pettitt's took over SuperValu Key West, just a stone's throw from where Jackie Pettitt opened the first store.

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