Work begins on Aldi’s new €100m DC
Aldi has begun work on its new Mitchelstown distribution centre, which forms part of its €350 million Irish expansion
19 May 2009
Construction of Aldi Stores’ new distribution centre in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, was recently commenced by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin TD. The new DC and office facility, which costs €100 million, forms part of the company’s €350 million investment in its Irish business.
Welcoming the construction of the facility, Minister Martin said: “Aldi’s decision to invest €350 million in expansion in Ireland at this time and to locate its new distribution centre and office facility in Mitchelstown is a huge boost to the North Cork economy.” The expansion will create over 1,000 new jobs in total; 400 in the construction of the distribution centre, 160 within the new DC once completed, and 490 in the 35 new stores throughout the country.
The 56,905 sq m Mitchelstown facility will support Aldi’s continued expansion in Ireland, primarily servicing Aldi’s southern stores in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Clare. Of Aldi’s existing 67 Irish stores, 22 are located in the region. According to a statement released by the company, construction of the new DC will take 22 months to complete, with plans to open in early 2011.
In the first quarter of 2009 Aldi’s Irish operation experienced 23% growth in sales, with continued increase throughout April, so that sales for the month were 25% up on April 2008. The number of customers visiting Aldi stores also rose by 27% in the first quarter.
Donald Mackay, managing director Aldi Stores Ireland, said at the ceremony in Mitchelstown: “We are pleased with how consumers are responding to what we offer and look forward to reaching even more customers in the coming years through this expansion programme.”