DISCOUNT grocer Aldi is seeking planning permission to build two new stores in Shannon and the centre of Limerick city.
According to Aldi planning applications, the proposed supermarket on Roches Street in Limerick would be 2,460 square metres and be powered entirely by renewable electricity.
Aldi said the Limerick project, if approved, would create 100 construction jobs followed by 25 full-time staff jobs in the store.
The new outlet in Shannon - where a smaller 1,315-square- metre supermarket and another retail unit are planned - would employ 80 construction workers and create 20 full-time jobs.
The German retailer already has three stores in Co Limerick: two in the city on the Childers Road and the Dublin Road, and an outlet in Newcastle West.
Aldi published a public opinion survey alongside its planning application to claim strong local support for a fourth outlet.
"The demand from shoppers for a new Aldi store in Limerick is very clear," said Adam Ward, managing director for Aldi's western regional operations based in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.
The Behaviour and Attitudes firm surveyed 250 people living within two kilometres of the proposed Roches Street store. It found that 87pc would like to see an Aldi at the location, 89pc would shop there, and 90pc said it would boost competition and better-value grocery options locally.
The field survey was conducted in February before Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.
Aldi's proposed Shannon store would be its first in the town and its fifth in Co Clare. It is projected to open in the first quarter of 2023, while Aldi offered no projected opening date for the Roches Street project.
As part of Aldi's public commitment to environmental goals, both proposed developments offer to provide charging points for the public to charge electric cars for free. The Limerick location would have three charging points, the Shannon site two.
Aldi already operates 142 stores nationwide, including its two newest outlets opened in February in Laytown, Co Meath and River Valley, Swords. Seven more branches under construction are slated to open this year as part of Aldi's €160m expansion plan.