Discounter Aldi has unveiled its plans to open a new store in Castlecomer, Kilkenny in 2022.
The new store will be located in the centre of Castlecomer, on the site of the town’s former Creamery.
A planning application for the 52,500 square feet development on the eight acre site has been submitted to Kilkenny County Council, the company said.
The development of the new Aldi store will see a substantial investment into the local area, with up to 100 jobs being created during the construction period and 20 permanent positions to become available upon opening.
The site, which has been vacant for 'several years', is being developed by Greenstripe Ltd., and will feature the Aldi store as the anchor tenant, along with additional retail, office and residential units, the German retailer said.
"This new development will provide an extension of Castlecomer’s existing streetscape and revitalise this area intrinsically linked to the town’s history," noted Brian Dunlop of Brian Dunlop Architects.
"With Aldi as the anchor tenant along with the proposed office & residential accommodation we look forward to transforming the site into a modern mixed use development that fits the needs of Castlecomer’s residents.”
The Creamery’s historic three-storey mill building, a protected structure, will also be preserved and fully refurbished.
The 1,315 sqm store will be constructed in Aldi’s Project Fresh design and will be powered by 100% green electricity.
There will be 229 car parking spaces available for customers within the overall development and a further four bicycle parking stations on site.
Aldi will also invest in the future of Castlecomer through the provision of two free-to-use electric vehicle charging points outside the store.
“Aldi has a strong commitment to Kilkenny, operating five stores in the county," said Adam Ward, managing director Aldi Mitchelstown Region.
"Our new Castlecomer store will bring great value to the doorsteps of locals who previously had to travel up to 30 minutes to their nearest Aldi.”
Aldi’s five Kilkenny stores participate in its national partnership with FoodCloud, donating surplus food to local charities daily.
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