“Computer giant Apple is to provide up to 350 jobs in Cork after signing a property deal to establish an office in the city centre,” Tommy Barker reports for The Irish Examiner.
“The company, which already employs more than 3,000 people in Ireland, has signed a deal to lease offices in Cork’s Half Moon Street, a move that reverses recent trends of companies moving out of the city to cheaper suburban parks,” Barker reports. “Apple has had a major presence in Cork, since 1981, at Hollyhill, on the city’s northside.”
Barker reports, “It is to lease the top two floors of a €75 million building in a mixed-use development by Owen O’Callaghan, completed in 2009… Apple is committing to 25,000sq ft (about 2,300sq m), which could accommodate up to 350 employees, and the building which opens onto Lavitts Quay has further vacant space on lower floors if required. Fitting out is expected to be completed by the end of the year.”
“Apple’s support services in Cork serve its markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and it has been consistently adding staff and contract employees in recent years, currently advertising for 30 people,” Barker reports. “Apple, which manufactures computers, phones, the iPad and a fast-evolving range of consumer items as well as the recently launched online storage facility iCloud, has about 45,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over $60 billion (€41.5bn).”
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