Aldi seeks to expand store on Limerick’s southside

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

DISCOUNT food chain Aldi is seeking to expand its supermarket beside Limerick Enterprise Development Park.

DISCOUNT food chain Aldi is seeking to expand its supermarket beside Limerick Enterprise Development Park.

The German-owned company has applied for planning permission to Limerick City Council to expand the shopping area by 275 square metres.

This will see the gross area of the store increase to 1,565 square metres, according to the plans before the local authority.

The proposed development also includes modifications to the northern side of the store, while the entrance will move from its current site to the new extended area.

In order to facilitate the extension, the number of car parking spaces will drop from 114 down to 94.

Local Fine Gael councillor Ger Fahy welcomed the proposals - and said it will act as an encouraging sign for other small businesses to locate on the southside.

“It is a positive message, Aldi must be quite pleased with the location, and they are looking favourably on extending that business. It is good news for the area that an international chain like Aldi wants to expand. It is a positive message to smaller firms which want to invest in this area,” the councillor told the Limerick Leader.

However, the former mayor stressed that there must still be choice in an area like Roxboro in order to give local people the best possible deal.

He said: “From a community perspective, it is important we have options available in these areas. The more options available in the areas means the more competitive the situation will be. It means people will get a better deal.”

As well as Aldi, the site around the Limerick Enterprise Development Park is home to a Tesco Ireland superstore, a petrol station, and a variety of fast food take-away outlets. City Council will decide on the plan by July 9.