by Alan Jacques
ALDI are planning to open two Limerick new stores, in Dooradoyle and Roches Street in the city centre, as part of a €320 million expansion drive.
Planning permission has now been secured for the Roches Street store, which is due to open in 2023 with the creation of 35 permanent positions and 100 workers employed during construction.
Details of the €11.5 million Dooradoyle outlet were announced last week when it was confirmed that it would result in the creation of 30 permanent jobs and 50 more in the course of construction which is scheduled for completion in late 2024.
“We’re investing €320 million over the next three years in the opening of 30 new stores, bringing unbeatable prices, value and employment to more towns, villages and city suburbs, Said Aldi Group managing director Niall O’Connor.
“This investment builds on the €1.6 billion we have already invested in Ireland and is a clear sign of our ambition, and the demand that exists for Aldi to be in more locations across Ireland.
“It’s also great news for Irish food and drink producers, who will have more opportunity to trade with Aldi. We will spend over €1 billion with Irish producers this year, an increase of almost 20 per cent on 2020.”
“Aldi’s existing Limerick stores are deeply involved in their local community, having donated over 41,000 meals to local charities to date through Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud. All its Limerick stores are also part of its Community Grants network, with Limerick Animal Welfare, Butterfly Club and ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services some of the many local charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant in recent years,” Mr O’Connor added.