Aldi Ireland announces €63 million West of Ireland expansion programme
6 September 2022 | 0
Aldi is set to embark on a dedicated West of Ireland expansion programme which will see the company invest over €63 million and create 140 new full-time jobs and 350 construction jobs across Connacht over the next two years.
This €63 million investment will see new Aldi stores in Ballina, Tuam, Mountbellew, Athenry, Ballyhaunis, and Monivea Road Galway, along with store upgrades in Portumna, Clifden, Galway Retail Park and Ballinasloe, some of which are already complete.
The €63 million expansion will see the creation of 490 new jobs, comprising 140 full-time roles in Aldi and 350 indirect construction jobs.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar has welcomed the investment as “really great news”.
“The government is committed to creating a job for everyone that wants one, in the county of their choice so I’m glad to see a good spread of investment with further investment potentially on the horizon,” An Tánaiste said.
“Aldi offers a living wage to its workers which is an important priority of mine too,” he added. “I know this news will be welcomed by suppliers as well as the local communities and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck with it.”
“Aldi’s commitment to further embedding and expanding our value offering has never been more relevant and remains our key business priority,” said Niall O’Connor, Aldi group managing director.
“The cost-of-living crisis is impacting every household and we are very aware what it means for our customers,” he added. “Aldi has always prioritised value as we know that the weekly shop is among the largest outlays in every household budget. Being able to offer our customers the best value at locations most convenient to them matters more than ever.”
“I’m particularly delighted to welcome the opening of Aldi Ireland’s new store in Ballina today. This €10m new store, and the 30 new jobs it creates, will help deliver value to the people of Ballina and County Mayo.”
“At Aldi, we are proud to support local suppliers, local communities and local employment, whether through our Grow with Aldi programme, our Community Grants initiative or our support of charity partners Barnados and FoodCloud. We are delighted to be creating over 140 new jobs in the region, which undermines our commitment to the west of Ireland.”
Aldi Ireland made the announcement at the official opening of its Ballina store, the company’s fifth in Co. Mayo. The company signalled that its Tuam store will open later this month, with store openings in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo and Athenry, Co. Galway following in the first half of next year. Recruitment for positions across these stores will begin in early 2023.
Aldi is currently awaiting decisions from An Bord Pleanála regarding planning applications for stores in Mountbellew Co. Galway and Monivea Road, Galway City.
Located on Bury Street, Aldi’s Ballina store was officially opened last week by store manager Charlene Kilgallon and the Aldi Ballina team. The store was constructed on the site of the former historic Deanwood Hotel, which was home to the popular nightclub Pearls throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The spacious new 1,315sqm store features Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout, characterised by wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings. There are 82 car park spaces available to Aldi shoppers, along with four free-to-use electric vehicle chargers and 10 bike spaces.
The store has been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. It is powered by 100% green electricity and has solar panels on the roof. Aldi’s new Electronic Shelf Labels replace traditional paper price labels, meaning that stock or price changes can easily and quickly be communicated to customers.