Aldi is to create 300 new jobs in Ireland over the next three years as it expands its Irish operation.
The German discounter plans to open a further 20 stores here, with each store employing 15 people.
The new stores will be located throughout the country including East Wall Road in Dublin, Greystones in Co. Wicklow, Tralee in Co. Kerry, Ballybofey in Co. Donegal and Charleville in Co. Cork.
The announcement was made as Aldi opened its 100th Irish store in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
Speaking at the opening, Niall O’Connor, Group Buying Director of Aldi Stores (Ireland) said, “We are delighted to reach the milestone of opening 100 Irish stores today and would like to thank everyone who has shopped and supported us over the past 13 years. Our new multi-million euro investment underpins our on-going commitment and support to Ireland, our customers, staff and Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. We pledge to continue offering Irish consumers the highest quality groceries and prices that can’t be matched for many more years to come.”
Aldi has been the standout performer in the Irish grocery market in recent years, maintaining its position as the fastest growing supermarket in the country since July 2008. Aldi experienced 30.7% growth in sales for the 12-week period leading up to St. Patrick’s Day this year, increasing its share of the Irish grocery market to approximately 6.2%. (Figures: Kantar Worldpanel).