German-based discount retailer Lidl has announced that it is looking to add a further 50 stores to its Irish network.
JP Scally, managing director of Lidl Ireland, confirmed the plans in Tullamore.
Scally, who was speaking at the opening of the retailer's 200th store in Ireland, and its second in Tullamore, said that the opening is part of a €200 million investment which will see 10 new stores opened.
He added that the group hopes to open its new 58,000m² distribution centre, which is currently under construction in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, later this year.
“Looking beyond 2020,” he said, “we have ambitious plans for over 50 more stores across the island of Ireland and look forward to continuing to provide top quality products at market-leading prices to more and more customers.”
The retailer, which has operated in Ireland for 20 years, already operates 162 stores in the Republic, and 3 in Northern Ireland, and employs over 5,200 people on the island of Ireland.
Lidl’s investment in new stores follows its recent initiative to install solar panels across its store network, investing €1 million to do so. The group most recently completed an installation at its Birr store.
"At Lidl, our philosophy is centred on outstanding operational efficiency and close partnerships with suppliers," Scally added, “which generates savings that are passed directly back to our customers in the form of exceptionally low prices without any compromise on our high quality.”
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