Penneys has opened its newly revamped and extended store in Galway city after a €20m investment by the retailer.

The renovated store in Eyre Square is 50% larger with the addition of a new lower ground floor.

As part of its commitment to invest €250m in Ireland over the next 10 years, Primark has invested €20m in refurbishing and enhancing the Galway store.

To support the bigger store size and in advance of the busy Christmas season, Penneys has created 180 new jobs as part of the extension, 50 permanent and 130 temporary roles.

The Galway store will now employ a total of 355 people.

Penneys, which operates as Primark outside of Ireland, has 37 stores in the Republic of Ireland and over 400 stores in total across Europe and North America.

Primark aims to grow to 530 stores by the end of 2026 and is set to open 27 new stores and an additional one million square foot of new selling space in this financial year.

Eight new stores are due to open from now until Christmas, including openings in Queens and Brooklyn in New York, Katowice in Poland, Craigavon in Northern Ireland and its first store in Romania.