Aldi’s Clare expansion slowed by An Bord decision
A proposed Aldi store in Co. Clare has been refused permission to develop by An Bord Pleanala
16 February 2016 | 0
Aldi’s physical expansion as well its growth in popularity among consumers has been well documented, and you’d have been forgiven for thinking nothing could stop the German retailer. The company’s planned growth has hit a snag this week though, with the refusal by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a store in Killaloe, Co. Clare.
The new store is part of an announced plan by Aldi to created around 400 jobs by opening seven new stores during 2016, to add to its 122 existing outlets. Last August, the go-ahead was given by Clare County Council for Aldi to open a store on Abbey Street in Killaloe, despite objections from local retailers.
Following two appeals against the Council’s decision, the Council has published its decision that Aldi’s proposed development would negatively impact the aesthetic of Abbey Street, and so the permission to develop the site has been refused.
In its rebuttal, Aldi said that it believed the appeals lodged were not due to aesthetics, but from other local retailers objecting on anti-competitive grounds. The Council’s report added that Aldi was welcome to plan an outlet in another part of Killaloe.