Work is expected to commence on the development of a new Aldi Store at the ESB site at the southern entrance to Charleville town now that the German retail discount store has got the green light to open in Charleville.
Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd procured the former ESB site for in the region of €2million and received final planning permission recently.
The planning permission states that Aldi may demolish the existing building and construct a single story discount food store consisting of 1,436sqm gross floor area (990sqm net) to include the sale of alcohol.
Externally there will be room for 96 car parking spaces, bicycle stands, a trolley bay and signage, an attenuation area, revisions to access from the N20, an access ramp, site development works with associated boundary works and landscaping.
The two German discount stores will now bookend the town's retail sector with Lidl well established at the northern entrance on the Limerick road, while Aldi will be located at the southern entrance on the Cork Road.
The arrival of Aldi locally will add to Supervalu, Dunnes and Lidl retail outlets presently servicing local shoppers. Tesco Ireland have purchased a parcel of land at the northern end of the town, and though they have now received planning permission from Cork County Council, they may not start work on the site until the commencement of the phase of the M20 Motorway that will pass adjacent to Charleville town.
Meanwhile, work is progressing on Lidl's 2,729sqm extension to their regional distribution depot at the Pike Cross, Ballyhea, Charleville. There will also be two pallet compounds of around 1,709sqm, and modifications to the existing refuse collection area along with associated works.
However in the current economic climate it would seem that that development is some time off unless there is a change in the planning conditions given the shelving of the motorway by the NRA and the Department of Transport.