Musgrave Group

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Musgrave Group Ltd.
Musgrave Brothers Ltd.
FounderThomas and Stuart Musgrave
HeadquartersCork, Ireland
Area served
Key people
Chris Martin, Chief Executive Officer
ProductsGroceries, fresh food, etc.
OwnerMusgrave family (76%)
Senior executives and Financial Institutions (24%)[1]

Musgrave Group Ltd. is an Irish food wholesaler, founded in Cork by the Musgrave brothers, Thomas and Stuart in 1876.[2] It is currently Ireland's largest grocery distributor,[3] with operations in Ireland and Spain with estimated annual sales of over €4 billion.[4] The current CEO (as of 2007) is Chris Martin.[5] Today, the company is still largely-owned by the Musgrave family.[6]


The overall business is currently made up of four divisions:

  • Musgrave Group is the controlling company of Musgrave, headquartered at Ballycurreen, County Cork, Ireland.[7]
  • Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland operates the Centra and SuperValu supermarkets in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the Mace brand in Northern Ireland.[8][9] This division is headquartered at the Tramore Road in Cork. This is also the site of one of three distribution centres, the others being in Kilcock, County Kildare and one in Belfast to service Northern Ireland. They closed a centre in Galway in 2010.[10]
  • Musgrave Wholesale Partners operates the Musgrave MarketPlace cash and carries, Daybreak convenience shops, Day-Today & XL Stop and Shop (Northern Ireland only) convenience shops and Musgrave Foodservices. This division is headquartered at Ballymun, Dublin. There are Marketplace sites in Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway, Ballymun, Dun Laoighaire and Clondalkin in the Republic of Ireland. There are also three Marketplace branches in Northern Ireland in Belfast, Derry and Lurgan.[11][12]
  • Musgrave Retail Partners España operates from a base in Alicante in south-east of Spain, and operates Dialsur, and a Cash & Carry chain.[13][14]

The small Donnybrook Fair chain of premium supermarkets was bought in 2018 but is not expected to be integrated with the existing brands

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  2. ^ "Three houses and special gardens at West Cork seaside spread". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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  5. ^ "Musgrave's veteran chairman Seamus Scally retires at 71". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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  7. ^ "SuperValu owner appetite for family restaurant expansion". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Musgrave trebles its profits in the North". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Musgrave plans more retail brands". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Fri, Mar 05, 2010 - Musgrave to shed 143 jobs in Galway". The Irish Times. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Musgrave buys J&J Haslett". Wholesale News. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Musgrave Marketplace - Branch Locator". Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Brexit could fuel a cross-border shopping exodus - Musgrave CEO". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  14. ^ "SuperValu products to go on sale in Bahrain in €5m deal". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Superquinn loses top man to Dunnes in store war". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Booker Group to buy Budgens and Londis". BBC. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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