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For other uses, see Centra (disambiguation).
Industry Retail, Convenience Store, Small Supermarket
Headquarters Cork, Ireland
Number of locations
541 Stores
Area served
Owner Musgrave Group
Website Centra
Centra Parnell Street Dublin

Centra is a convenience store chain in Ireland.

The chain is run by Musgrave, the Irish food wholesaler, but the stores are all owned by individual franchisees. The chain has three different formats available to franchisees — smaller Quick Stop outlets, mid-sized Foodmarkets, and larger Supermarkets. The majority of the stores however follow the Quick Stop format (or are simply branded Centra), as Musgrave also offers the SuperValu format, which is geared towards larger supermarkets. There are currently around 458 Centra stores in the Republic of Ireland and 120 in Northern Ireland. In 2002, Centra's turnover was €652.6 million.[citation needed] Centra's main competitors are Gala, Spar and Londis, as well as a number of smaller groups such as Costcutter.


Image of Centra, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Centra on Stranmills Road, Belfast
"Quick Stop" Centra in Belfast
Centra in Newcastle, Down

The chain was originally launched in the Republic of Ireland as "VG" in 1960. In 1979, the VG chain was rebranded SuperValu with the smaller outlets subsequently rebranded as Centra. The company brought both of these stores to Northern Ireland, the latter through the acquisition and subsequent rebranding of Wellworths stores.

Star petrol station and Centra at Ballymagorry, Tyrone
Centra in Antrim

Ahead of Ireland's 2015 Marriage Equality referendum, copies of Hot Press featuring a gay kiss on its cover were found at Centra with the kiss covered by price labels. Centra launched an investigation.[1]

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