Lidl Ireland plans to build state-of-the-art store in Blarney
18 August 2020 | 0
Lidl Ireland has lodged a planning application for a new state-of-the-art store as part of a wider development in Blarney, Co. Cork. If approved, the new store will expand the retailer’s Co. Cork portfolio to 21 stores.
In conjunction with the landowner, Lidl is working with architects and planners to create a bespoke design in keeping with the area to ensure that the new development will contribute positively to Blarney. The development includes a café, so customers can enjoy a coffee before or after their weekly shop. The brand-new store will create 30 local jobs with the retailer in Blarney, while the on-site café will create 10 jobs.
The planned store will incorporate a range of sustainability features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System, electric vehicle charger spaces and a solar panel system. With a spacious interior layout, high ceilings and wide aisles, the retailer said the store will create a comfortable shopping experience for customers.
A green roof, which will be partially covered in vegetation, has been planned for the site. The green roof will absorb rainwater and provide insulation, reducing the need for in store drainage systems. Green roofs help cool urban environments, improve air quality, sequester carbon and increase urban biodiversity by providing habitat for wildlife.
The new proposed store will also support many local suppliers in the region including West Cork Distillers, who supply Lidl with premium, award-winning whiskeys and gins including Wild Burrow Irish Gin and Dundalgan Irish Whiskey. The distillery has been supplying Lidl since 2015 and the retailer has invested more than €12 million into the business to date, including facilitating the export of their best-selling products to Lidl stores in 16 countries across Europe.