The new Lidl supermarket in Birr
As our picture above shows, a new supermarket in Offaly is beginning to take shape as construction work continues.
The new Lidl store in Birr is being built adjacent to the current premises which will ultimately be demolished once construction of the new premises is complete.
While the car park has been reduced in size during the construction phase of the new building, the existing store remains open and is trading as normal.
Offaly County Council had refused permission for the project in Birr on the grounds that it may adversely affect the visual public realm of the heritage town but that decision was overturned on appeal by An Bord Pleanala.
According to Lidl, the new store will resemble their premises in Bantry (pictured below) when it is completed.