Existing shop floorspace in Killaloe includes a SuperValu supermarket at Convent Hill shopping centre, the Forge Newsagents, Whelan’s foodstore and Heaney’s Costcutters.
Killaloe traders, who are opposed to the arrival of the German multinational in the town, have requested the council to turn down this planning application.
Stating that both Killaloe and Ballina were already well served by three supermarkets and three foodstores, John Daly of the Forge General Store warned smaller shops in the town would close if Aldi was given the green light to provide its discount store in the town.
Brian Kenny of Costcutters predicted the arrival of Aldi would take business away from the centre of the town and would be in conflict with government policy, which aims to revitalise the main streets in rural towns.
A retail impact statement by planning consultant John Spain Associates said the development would account for 22% of the available ‘convenience’ expenditure, estimated at €40.8m within the catchment area in 2018.
Applying turnover estimates, the consultants projected Supervalu would have a €9.9m turnover and existing independent convenience stores would be €7.15m in 2018 if the Aldi development went ahead.
“It is concluded there is more than adequate capacity in 2018 for the proposed Aldi development and this is assuming a closely defined catchment area to serve the proposed development,” the consultants said.