Independents block Aldi and Lidl plans
Independent retailers' organisation, the Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association (RGDATA) has put the block on further expansion by German discount retailers - for now.
RGDATA appealed to An Bord Pleanála after local authorities granted permission for an Aldi store at Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny and a new Lidl at Drogheda, Co Louth. The Drogheda plan, involves Lidl replacing its shop there with another building.
RGDATA's Tara Buckley, pictured, told An Bord Pleanála the development would draw trade from a wider catchment area and have a significant impact on the viability and vitality of Drogheda town centre.
RGDATA has also recently opposed two other planned German discount outlets - one for Ardee in Co Louth which was refused by An Bord Pleanala while a Lidl for Greystones in Co Wicklow secured planning permission.