Aldi Ireland has outlined plans to open two new stores in Co. Galway creating up to 60 new permanent jobs in the county.
Aldi will this week submit a planning application to Galway City Council for a new store on Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, while construction of its new Tuam store is due to commence in 2021. The retailer is also actively seeking a suitable site in Athenry for a new store.
The development of Aldi’s new Ballybrit store will see a substantial investment into the local area, with up to 50 jobs being created during the construction period and 30 permanent positions to become available upon opening.
The 1,254 m² store will be constructed in Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design and will be powered by 100% green electricity, as well as featuring environmentally friendly solar panels on the roof of the store. There will be 80 car parking spaces available for customers in addition to 12 bike parking spaces. Aldi will also invest in the future of the city through the provision of four free-to-use electric vehicle charging points outside the store.
Aldi received final planning permission for its new Tuam store in July, having purchased part of Glynn’s Homevalue Hardware site on the Ballygaddy Road in the centre of Tuam. 30 new permanent jobs will be created in 2022 when it opens.
Aldi is currently seeking sites zoned town-centre or edge-of-centre in Athenry suitable for retail development (minimum 1.5 acres). Ideally, sites would be located on a prominent main road with good visibility and access for customers.
Aldi currently operates nine stores in Co. Galway. In 2021, it will also revamp its West City Centre Retail Park and Headford Road stores, providing an improved shopping experience for customers.
Commenting, Colin Breslin, Aldi Regional Managing Director said: “We are working to bring our unbelievable prices and value to more families in Galway. Galway is an important market for Aldi and we have plans to open two more stores in the near future.”
“Our commitment to our customers is that we will never be beaten on price and will always provide the best value. Our Swap & Save campaign reminds shoppers about the saving that can be generated by swapping their weekly shop to Aldi.”
Aldi’s Galway stores participate in its national partnership with FoodCloud, donating surplus food to local charities daily. The Galway stores have donated over 48,000 meals to charity to date. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support, Burren Animal Rescue, and Ability West availing of a bursary grant in recent times.
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