Lidl Ireland welcomes local authority grant for new Limerick store
Group states opening will create 30 permanent local jobs as well as many more during the construction phase
11 May 2021 | 0
Lidl Ireland has received a local authority planning grant for its new site on Dock Road, Co. Limerick. The retailer’s intention is to proceed with the development if neither of the two observations on file result in an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.
The Dock Road store would create 30 permanent jobs as well as many more temporary ones during the construction phase. Lidl worked with architects and planners to ensure that the new development would contribute positively and add a vibrancy to the Limerick Docklands area.
Construction has recommenced on the Lidl Corbally site, which will bring its Limerick city portfolio to four stores later this year. Should the Dock Road decision not be appealed, there is potential for the retailer to further expand and invest substantially in its Limerick city portfolio with the aim of having five stores by the end of 2022.
The grant of planning approves a store that incorporates a range of sustainability features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System, electric vehicle charger spaces and a solar panel system. It will also offer the retailer’s growing customer base a superior shopping experience with a spacious interior layout, high ceilings and wide aisles creating a comfortable shopping experience for customers.
“We are very excited about the development on Dock Road as we believe the addition of a Lidl store would benefit the area enormously and we welcome the local authority decision which recognised this,” said Lidl’s regional director, Conor Nagle. “We would be very keen to move on this project and could conceivably be trading in the next calendar year if there are no further delays to this project.
“We know that 30 jobs would be a welcome addition to the area but there will also be additional benefits for the local community given Lidl’s support of Ladies Gaelic football clubs and school teams and our partnership with Jigsaw which sees us support youth mental health awareness in the locality also. We also make sure that we support local charities and groups by linking up with them through FoodCloud to redistribute surplus food from our stores. We would like to thank the local community for their support of this development to date and look forward to bringing them an incredible new shopping experience.”