Aldi Ireland has announced it plans to open a new store in Carrigaline, Co.Cork, creating 30 new jobs.
Aldi unveiled plans for its new store on Main St., on the site of the old Carrigaline Pottery which closed in 1979 after more than 50 years in business, during many of which it was the main source of employment in the town.
Up to 50 jobs will be created during the construction period of the new Aldi store, with 30 permanent positions available upon opening.
Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout, the 1,315 sq. metre store will be powered by 100% green electricity and will feature 52 Photovoltaic solar panels located on the roof, the retailer said.
In addition, Carrigaline shoppers will also benefit from two electric vehicle charging points at the new store along with 12 bicycle rack stands, it added.
A study of shoppers living or working within 5km of Aldi’s planned new store on Main St, Carrigaline by leading independent market research agency Behaviour and Attitudes has shown overwhelming support for Aldi’s arrival.
92% of shoppers interviewed believe having an Aldi store in the area would mean better value grocery shopping.
Almost 9 out of 10 shoppers (85%) claimed they are happy to hear Aldi is planning to open a store in the area, with a further 88% stating it would encourage them to shop in their local area.
“Our research shows the demand from shoppers for a new Aldi store in Carrigaline is very clear," commented Colin Breslin, regional managing director, Aldi Ireland.
"Every new Aldi store that opens brings greater choice, quality and value to shoppers,” he said.
Town Centre Masterplan
The new store forms part of a larger Masterplan for the town centre site.
Public consultation on the Masterplan is now open and runs until Monday, 18 June.
To help inform the consultation process, Aldi has made the Masterplan available to view online.
“Our public consultation is now open for members of the public to get in touch if they have anything they would like clarified under the plans. At Aldi, we always listen to our customers and the local communities our stores serve so we are keen to hear the public’s views," Breslin added.
The plans, developed with Deady Gahan Architects Ltd, outline an ambitious vision for furthering the growth of Carrigaline’s town centre, including a new public plaza for the local community, a café, almost 80 residential units, and opportunities to develop further dining and leisure space.
The north and west of the proposed development will border the Carrigaline Western Relief Road, which is expected to be complete by late 2022.