The new Lidl store planned for Tullamore
Lidl Ireland have announced that their second store for Tullamore is scheduled to open in Summer 2019 after agreements were made for a one-way traffic system.
Construction of the new store, to be located on Church Road, will commence before the end of this year, following the recent withdrawal of an appeal by Lidl to An Bord Pleanála concerning the development.
Lidl had earlier received planning permission to go ahead with the store but appealed the decision itself to An Bord Pleanala in objection to a number of the conditions attached to the approval from Offaly County Council.
In a statement this week, the supermarket chain said: "While Lidl broadly welcomed the decision from Offaly County Council in relation to the development, the retailer lodged an objection to the grant of permission in order to address the concerns of some local residents regarding the proposed closure of Tanyard Lane."
"Following this consultation, Lidl worked closely with the Council to ensure that Tanyard Lane, from Arbutus Court to the Hophill Roundabout, would remain open. Tanyard lane will now be converted into a safer, one - way system heading towards the town centre and provide a designated walking and cycling area with new road markings and signage," Lidl said.
Lidl will also provide a major new stretch of road infrastructure for the town linking Church Road with Tanyard Lane and additional local amenities including a new riverside walk along the Tullamore River and a crèche building which will be located along the Tanyard side of the property.
The new store will create 20 new permanent jobs and many more during the construction phase. "The new store is a multimillion-euro investment for the town that will see the regeneration of the old Tullamore Hardware unit and surrounding yard that was once the site of the old bacon factory," Lidl stated.
Myles Shortall, Acquisitions Manager with Lidl, commented, “the Council were satisfied to clarify the condition in relation to Tanyard Lane and we are delighted to address the concerns of local residents and businesses in relation to the road."
"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. It will be a striking new building that will be a statement development for the town centre."
"The building is a state of the art modern retail store that will offer our growing customer base a superior shopping experience. The new store will incorporate a range of strategies to reduce environmental impact. It will be powered by green electricity and be certified to ISO50001 energy efficiency standards. The store also offers our customers free use of a number of electric vehicle charging points."
The planned new store will see Lidl continue its investment in Offaly that started with its modernisation of the 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.