Local retailers object to €7 million Aldi Limerick store

Computer generated image of the Aldi store in Moyross

LOCAL retailers have objected to plans submitted by discount supermarket chain Aldi to build a new €7 million store on the Knockalisheen Road in Moyross.

Aldi is aiming to open the store in mid 2024, creating up to 30 permanent jobs, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction period.

A submission lodged with Limerick City and County Council on behalf of the Watch House Cross Shopping Centre stated that Aldi declined an offer to move in to the centre a number of years ago.

British supermarket chain Iceland, which has a retail unit in Watch House Cross, also objected to the development on the basis that it would result in a serious negative impact on surrounding commercial businesses in Moyross.

The submission also stated that existing commercial and retail in the area currently meets the demands of those living there and that further retail would be excessive and unwelcome due to the potential impact on existing businesses.

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Iceland also claimed that the design of the Aldi store is unsuitable for the area and would negatively impact the visual amenity of Knockalisheen Road.

The planning application submitted to Limerick City and County Council last December included the provision of four free-to-use electric vehicle charging points, while the store would be powered by 100 per cent green electricity generated from 90sqm of solar panels on the roof.

Aldi was granted final planning permission by An Bord Pleanálalast year to open its fourth store in Limerick on Roches Street in Limerick City, which is set to open in mid-2023.