Aldi Ireland has announced a dedicated West of Ireland expansion programme, which will see the company invest over €63 million and create 140 new full-time jobs and 350 construction jobs across Connacht over the next two years.
Welcoming the investment, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said, “This €63 million investment by Aldi in the West and the 140 new permanent jobs it will create over the next two years is really great news. A further 350 jobs will be created through the construction of new shops and the upgrade of some existing ones.
“The government is committed to creating a job for everyone that wants one, in the county of their choice, so I’m glad to see a good spread of investment, with further investment potentially on the horizon. Aldi offers a living wage to its workers, which is an important priority of mine, too. I know this news will be welcomed by suppliers, as well as the local communities, and I wish everyone involved the very best of luck with it.”
Aldi Ireland made the announcement at the official opening of its Ballina store, the company’s fifth in Co. Mayo.
The company signalled that its Tuam store will open later this month, with store openings in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, and Athenry, Co. Galway, following in the first half of next year.
Recruitment for positions across these stores will begin in early 2023, Aldi added.
Making the announcement, Niall O’Connor, group managing director, Aldi, said, “Aldi’s commitment to further embedding and expanding our value offering has never been more relevant and remains our key business priority. The cost-of-living crisis is impacting every household, and we are very aware what it means for our customers. Aldi has always prioritised value, as we know that the weekly shop is among the largest outlays in every household budget. Being able to offer our customers the best value at locations most convenient to them matters more than ever.
“We are investing in our network of stores and the communities we operate in across the West, creating jobs and doubling down on our commitment to providing access to the best-value groceries in Ireland, right across the region. Within two years, today’s announcement will bring an additional six stores and 140 new permanent roles in the area.”
Aldi is currently awaiting decisions from An Bord Pleanála regarding planning applications for stores in Mountbellew, Co. Galway, and Monivea Road, Galway City.