Construction begins on new €11m Aldi Athenry

At the sod turning in Athenry, Co. Galway on Friday were John Sweeney, property director at Aldi Ireland (centre), along with Brian Gorman (left) and Martin Brady (right) of Stewart Construction

Store will incorporate natural stonework into its design, reflecting the medieval walls that still stand in Athenry



16 November 2021

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Aldi began construction of its new €11m store in Athenry on Friday (12 November 2021) after being granted final planning permission by Galway County Council.

Aldi aims to open the store located on Clarke Street in late 2022 and will incorporate natural stonework into the design, reflecting the medieval walls that still stand in Athenry.

The store will be situated on the former co-op site, which has been vacant for a number of years.

In September, Aldi reported that it had already conducted preliminary archaeological surveys on the site, which has shown potential archaeological activity in line with Athenry’s medieval history. As part of Aldi’s responsible approach to constructing the new store, the group said it would be undertaking further intensive archaeological investigations to see what historical wonders might lie beneath the soil.

“As part of the works, further archaeological investigation and excavations will be undertaken with the utmost care to ensure any historical items can be safely preserved,” said Colin Breslin, Aldi regional managing director.

Aldi is continuing to expand its Irish store network, currently operating nine stores in County Galway. Once completed, the store floor-space will stand at 1170sqm, and will be constructed in Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design, being powered by 100% green electricity, with four electric vehicle charging points and 92 car parking spaces for customers.





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