Lidl Ireland announced the opening of its new store on Slievenamon Road in Thurles, Co Tipperary today. The new store brings an investment of €10 million to the locality and up to 10 new jobs with the retailer over the next year.
Tipperary sporting icons, Aisling Moloney, seasoned LGFA player and Lidl brand ambassador, and Seamus Callanan, Tipperary hurling captain, joined the team at the new Lidl Thurles to officially open the store.
Lidl Thurles first opened on Abbey Road on the north-west side of the town in 2002. Having served the local community for more than 19 years, the current store will now be replaced with a new Lidl store on Slievenamon Road on the south-west side of the town.
€10 Million Development
The €10 million development features a new, bright and airy Lidl store, with a spacious interior layout, high ceilings and wide aisles. Abutting the store is a large carpark plaza serving Lidl and its two auxiliary sites, which are yet to be developed.
Adjacent to the store is an on-site café, which will be occupied by coffee chain Insomnia in the coming weeks.
“After a full year of preparation, we are incredibly excited to finally be opening our new and improved store,” said Lidl Thurles store manager, Gatis Gribusts. “We have an excellent relationship with the community here in Thurles and we can’t wait to give them an enhanced shopping experience with our new store.”
Lidl’s new Thurles store features a 50001 ISO certified energy management system using only renewable electricity, PV panels on the roof, and two EV charging stations for customer use.
Supporting local biodiversity, the exterior of the store has been fitted with several swift bird nest boxes and swift callers, and bat boxes. The store is surrounded with a wildflower meadow, creating an area of pollination promotion.
A Better Tomorrow
Through its partnership with FoodCloud, Lidl has donated more than 160,000 meals to local Tipperary charities and community groups.
Under its ‘A Better Tomorrow’ corporate social responsibility programme, and to mark the opening of the new store, the Lidl Thurles team welcomed representatives, Catherine Cleary, Katie Cleary and John Gleeson, from local charities Down Syndrome Tipperary and Cameo Care Thurles, who provide dementia support, to accept a donation of €500 each.
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