ALDI Ireland has confirmed that it plans open a new €11.5 million store in Dooradoyle in 2024, after receiving planning permission from Limerick City and County Council.
ALDI Ireland managing director Colin Breslin said that, in addition to the 30 new positions in the store, up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction period.
The 1,315 square metre building, which is being built on a greenfield site, will be fully powered by green electricity, supported by 90 square metres of solar panels on its roof. The new store will also feature a grass roof.
Customers will be able to benefit from four electric vehicle charging points, along with bike parking spaces. There will also be 95 free-to-use car parking spaces for customers.
“We’re delighted to receive planning permission today for our new store in Dooradoyle. At a time when everyone is grappling with rising costs, the ability to offer our customers the best value at locations most convenient to them matters more than ever,” Mr Breslin explained.
ALDI partners with five Limerick-based food and drink producers, and spent €8.6 million with them in 2021.
Research commissioned by ALDI and undertaken by market research agency Behaviour & Attitudes last year found a big level of support among shoppers surveyed in Dooradoyle for a new ALDI store in the area.
88 per cent of those interviewed stated that the new store would mean better value grocery shopping and would generate local employment and 84 per cent agreed an ALDI store would encourage them to shop locally rather than travelling elsewhere.
To date, ALDI’s Limerick stores have donated almost 42,000 meals to local charities through FoodCloud, saving the charities over €52,000. Each store is also part of ALDI’s Community Grants network, with Killeline Nursing Home, Newcastle West, and Milford Hospice among the many local charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant.