A new supermarket in Tullamore will provide up to 20 new jobs and will see the regeneration of what is currently a brownfield site in the town.
Lidl has welcomed the decision from Offaly County Council to grant a Notification of Planning for the company's proposed development at Church Road, Tullamore. If no one appeals the decision grant a Notification of Planning to An Bord Pleanála within four weeks, full planning permission will be granted by the local authority.
Lidl says the state of the art modern retail store will be more environmentally friendly and will offer its 'growing customer base a superior shopping experience'.
The company states that the development will see 'a substantial investment into the local area' as well as the creation of up to 20 permanent new jobs once the store opens, as well as many more during the construction phase.
The new development will see the regeneration of the brownfield town centre zoned site which was formerly the site of the old Bacon Factory. The application has provided for a new riverside walk along the Tullamore River and a much needed new link road between Church Road and Tanyard Lane.
The planned new store will see Lidl continue its major investment in Offaly that started with its modernisation of its Main Street unit in Tullamore in 2015, followed by the reopening of its new Edenderry store in December 2017 and its ongoing redevelopment of the Birr store.
Myles Shortall the Acquisitions Manager for Lidl noted,"We note that Tesco have placed an observation on file for this project. As a company we are on record as stating that Tesco are serial objectors to our ambitious expansion plans and we hope that this does not unnecessarily delay this investment. We have had some great feedback from local residents at a public meeting held prior to lodging that application last year and I wish to confirm that we will be hosting a follow up public meeting at 7pm on June 27 at the Bridge House for anyone wishing to get more information on the application. The regeneration of this site will dramatically improve the approach into Tullamore and the new store design incorporating local stone cladding will enhance the urban fabric of the town."
Lidl currently operates 155 stores nationally and employs over 4,200 people. In a recently commissioned economic report it was found that Lidl buys over 500 million of Irish goods and services annually. In addition to this 1.4% of Irish food and drink export was for resale in Lidl stores around Europe. Lidl looks forward to progressing with plans for this store over the coming months.