Aldi’s expansion plans for Ireland have been slowed slightly, after An Bord Pleanála refused its application to build a store in medieval heritage town, Killaloe in Co. Clare.
The Irish Examiner reports that while Clare County Council gave the go-ahead to build to store on Abbey Street last August, two appeals were lodged against the decision by local retailers.
Last August, Clare County Council gave the firm the go-ahead to build a store on Abbey St in Killaloe in the face of opposition from local retailers.
In a rebuttal submission, Aldi stated that local residents had made no objections to the store, and that the appeals from Killaloe commercial retailers were anti-competitive.
Clare County Council also responded by saying that the proposed development was acceptable.
The appeals board, however, stated that the proposed development would “injure the visual amenity and character of the streetscape on the southern approach to Killaloe”, although the inspector did not rule out Aldi opening an outlet in a different part of the area.
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