Aldi plans to open second store in Ennis
Retailer says 30 new permanent jobs will be created, along with further 50 jobs during the construction phase
20 July 2021 | 0
Aldi is planning to open a second store in Ennis, Co. Clare, which would create 30 new permanent jobs, with up to 50 jobs being supported during the construction phase.
The group submitted a planning application to Clare County Council on Friday, 16 July.
Aldi aims to open the 1,000sq m store at Westpoint Retail Park, on Kilrush Road, in late 2023. If the application is successful, it will be Aldi’s second store in Ennis, with Aldi’s Francis Street store having become a key part of the fabric of the town since opening in June 2005.
The new environmentally friendly store will be powered by 100% green electricity. Ample parking will be available for customers with 96 dedicated customer car parking spaces provided, while Aldi will also be investing in providing four electric vehicle charging points outside the store.
Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design, the new store will be part of a mixed-use development which will also feature other retail units and a health centre. The proposed site has excellent access for shoppers from the N85 ring road and Kilrush Road.
“This is great news for Aldi shoppers in Ennis and the surrounding area,” said Colin Breslin, Aldi regional managing director.
“Our Francis Street store is one of our busiest and most popular stores in the country,” he added. “We look forward to serving more Ennis shoppers with our award winning range of incredible value food and drink products.”
Aldi currently operates four stores in County Clare, with stores in Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush and on Francis Street, Ennis. In 2020, Aldi sourced €2.8 million of locally produced food and drink from County Clare based suppliers.
Aldi’s Clare stores have donated over 30,000 meals to local charities to date through Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Friends of Ennistymon Hospital, Ennis Scout Group, Milford Care Centre, Kilmihil Peoples Park Ltd some of the many local charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant in recent years.