Buymie expands into Cork with 50 new jobs

Devan Hughes’ digital grocery platform to serve 86,000 homes across Cork city and suburbs.

Same-day grocery delivery provider Buymie has joined forces with Lidl to offer home grocery deliveries and full personal shopping services to homes across Cork city.

To do this some 50 personal shoppers are to be hired to serve an estimated 86,000 suburbs across Cork city and its surrounding suburbs.

“This expansion will mean Buymie is available to around 2m people across 750,000 households in Ireland and the UK”

Earlier this year, Buymie announced the creation of 200 additional personal shopping roles for Ireland in response to demand for same-day grocery delivery. 50 of these jobs have been earmarked for Cork. Those interested in Buymie personal shopper roles can apply here, https://www.fountain.com/c/buymie/picker

In June, Buymie closed a Series A funding round of €5.8m in new investments into its business, to take its total capital raised in 2020 to over €8m and €10.5m to date.

Buymie has grown by 325pc in the first six months of 2020 versus the same period in 2019.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be announcing our official launch into Cork with our retail partner Lidl Ireland,” said Buymie CEO and co-founder Devan Hughes.

“This expansion will mean Buymie is available to around 2m people across 750,000 households in Ireland and the UK. 2020/21 will see rapid expansion the same day-delivery channel as consumers confront a new reality for the foreseeable future.”

Buymie serves Cork

Person in Buymie shirt delivering groceries.

The service will go live citywide, Friday, 28th August, and will be available through six participating Lidl Stores:

  • Lidl Ballincollig
  • Lidl Wilton
  • Lidl Togher
  • Lidl Churchfield
  • Lidl Ballyvolane
  • Lidl Glanmire

“Over the past few months our teams across the country have kept the shelves filled and served millions of customers every week,” said Conor Nagle, regional director for Lidl in Munster.

“Given that not everyone is in a position to visit their local Lidl at present we are delighted to extend the Buymie service to six stores in Cork city, ensuring thousands of shoppers have access to the incredible value that Lidl offers in a more accessible way.

“Cork is a very important market for Lidl and we continue to invest heavily in the county with a new store being built in Kanturk and an application lodged for Blarney in recent weeks.”

A growing grocery colossus 

Buymie’s same-day grocery delivery is currently available to all households in Dublin and large commuter towns such as Greystones, Maynooth and Howth.

The service has seen huge success over the past 18 months as it brings an entirely new approach to online grocery shopping and delivery for consumers. 

In May, Buymie partnered with UK’s Co-op and launched the same-day delivery service to over 200,000 households across Bristol and its surrounding suburban area. 

Interview with Buymie CEO Devan Hughes

 

Pictured at top: Buymie co-founder and CEO Devan Hughes

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 25 August, 2020