Did you know ...? To celebrate the first St Brigid’s Day bank holiday weekend, ALDI Ireland has teamed up with Pearse Lyons Distillery to offer one lucky entrant the chance to win a gin school experience for two, along with an overnight stay in a Dublin hotel. However, the competition is only open to anyone named Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Brigitte, Bríd, or any variation of the name Brigid, all over Ireland. To enter, visit ALDI Ireland’s official Facebook page and comment on the St Brigid’s Day competition post, wherein you will be entered into the draw. Entries close on 1 February at 12pm, and the winner will be announced on ALDI’s official Facebook page.
Did you know ...? Sales at European discount retailer Action jumped by 30%, to €8.9 billion, last year, buoyed by increasingly price-conscious shoppers grappling with high inflation and energy bills. Action, which is owned by British private-equity firm 3i and operates in ten countries, opened 280 new stores last year, to take its total number to 2,200, reports Reuters. “Customers are looking more at prices because their purchasing power is under pressure, so we’re seeing more customers and more transactions, and they are coming to us more often,” a company spokesperson said. Action sells name-brand toothpastes, shampoos and detergents at reduced prices, along with cheap imported household goods.
Did you know ...? Barcelona’s City Hall has approved a total ban on so-called ‘dark stores’ – distribution hubs used by companies that provide grocery home deliveries – joining other European cities, such as Amsterdam, that announced restrictions in 2022. According to Reuters, such stores are like retail shops, but without any on-site sales, just deliveries therefrom. Delivery services expanded across Europe to meet soaring demand during the pandemic’s lockdowns, but they have faced growing scrutiny from authorities because of their effects on neighbourhoods.