Aldi believed to be planning third store
A NEW discount supermarket is to be built opposite Wexford Racecourse on the Newtown Road.
While Aldi's name does not appear on any planning documents relating to the development, business sources said the German discount retailer is involved, with developer Dan Kickham fronting the venture.
If Aldi does occupy the store, it will bring to three the number of the German discount retailer's premises in the town.
It isn't clear when the store will be built as it's understood the planned project is currently between the developer's and Aldi's legal departments as a matter of routine.
Wexford Borough Council granted planning permission for the development of a single-storey discount store at the site to Dan Kickham of the Newtown Construction Partnership in January, however, that decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanala by a Michael and Siobhan Furlong.
That appeal was withdrawn at the end of the April and the development has since been given the go-ahead.
The development entails the demolition of exisiting agriculture sheds and the construction of a single-storey discount warehouse with a gross floor area of 1453sqm. It will include a mini ESB sub station and will have 94 parking spaces.
Dan Kickham could not be reached for comment.
Businessman Hugh Boggan, a Toyota main dealer with a busy forecourt and shop on the Newtown Road, said the only thing he was concerned about was access to any new premises and possible congestion on race days.
'If it's in the neighourhood development plan and the council have agreed to it then that's fine,' said Mr. Boggan, whose business will neighbour the new store once it's built.
'If they do ahead, any money we can get into Wexford at the moment is good,' said Mr. Boggan.