Aldi gets planning go-ahead for Ennistymon store

Aldi has received the green-light to further extend its network of Irish stores by securing planning for a new outlet in the north Clare market and heritage town of Ennistymon.

The German retailer has received the go-ahead despite opposition from local farmers who remain angry that Clare Marts Ltd sold the old mart site in Ennistymon to the company.

In 2014, Clare Marts sold the site to Aldi for a price believed to be in the region of €1.5m in the face of opposition from farmers who at one stage held a silent protest outside a Clare Marts board meeting.

Last year, Aldi said it would create a further 400 jobs as it confirmed plans to open seven more stores in 2016, bringing its number of Irish stores to 129.

Recent figures released by consumer insights agency Kantar Worldpanel show that Aldi controls nearly 8% of the Irish grocery market.

The retail impact assessment lodged with the Ennistymon proposal estimates that the annual turnover of the new store would be €9m.

The decision by the appeals board to give the Ennistymon plan the go-ahead is in contrast to its decision to refuse planning to an Aldi store for the east Clare town of Killaloe earlier this month for site-specific reasons.


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