Lidl boss says ‘realistically’ could take five years plus to expand ROI portfolio to 200

Lidl recenty opened its 200th store in Ireland and Northern Iireland

"We're not going to going to stop until we have a Lidl store in close proximity to everyone in the country," says Lidl Ireland MD John Paul Scally

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4 August 2017 | 0

Lidl could operate 200 stores in the Republic of Ireland in over five years’ time, in a feat that would likely require an investment of at least €300m, the Irish Independent reports.

This investment would be in addition to the €400 million Lidl is spending between 2016 and 2018 on its network here, including the new distribution centre it is hoping to build in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, at a cost of €80 million.

These figures are revealed in an interview published with Lidl Ireland managing director John Paul Scally earlier this week, which can be read here.

Lidl currently has 152 outlets in the Republic of Ireland, including a newly-opened store in north county Dublin. The retailer has a further 38 stores in Northern Ireland, bringing its total number of stores across the island to 190.

In the interview, Scally said that realistically, it will likely take the retailer more than five years to break the 200-store mark in the Republic. Lidl is also aiming to increase the number of its Northern Irish stores to just shy of 50 outlets.

“We’re not going to going to stop until we have a Lidl store in close proximity to everyone in the country,” Scally told the newspaper.

Lidl has also started trialling self-service checkouts in Athy, Co Kildare and if this proves successful, it will be introduced to other stores.

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