Lidl has submitted a planning application for a new store with wide aisles and high ceilings in the centre of Claregalway, which would create 30 new jobs in the town.
The application was made following a meeting with the local community who were interested to see the new store’s location and designs.
Lidl wants to transform the greenfield site on the N83 in the centre of Claregalway into a vibrant retail unit, bringing up to €7 million in local investment to the community.
As well as the 30 new jobs in store, the construction phase will also create up to 100 further jobs.
Lidl has said the plans have been designed to ‘contribute positively to the local area’ and will incorporate a range of sustainability features including two EV charging spaces and solar panels.
Dervla Nash, Regional Property Director for Lidl Ireland, said that they are committed to delivering high quality builds, and that leading architects and designers will make the best use of the site.
“We are hopeful for a positive planning decision and we look forward to developing the site and opening the store next year, should the application not be appealed by An Bord Pleanála,” said Dervla.
She said that a Lidl store doesn’t just bring better value shopping to an area, but it also means more fundraising for Ladies Gaelic Football clubs and schools in the area.
“The Claregalway LGFA team has recently won a set of new jerseys through the Lidl Plus LGFA reward card scheme and when the new store opens, we would hope to increase funding for the local team alongside youth mental health in Galway through Lidl Ireland’s charity partner Jigsaw.”
Lidl Ireland employs over 5,000 employees in its 174 stores, Head Office in Tallaght and three distribution centres and regional offices based in Charleville, Mullingar and Newbridge.