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Saturday 21 September 2019

Every Lidl helps - Supermarket opens 200th store, plans 50 more

Expansion: Lidl Ireland’s managing director JP Scally
Expansion: Lidl Ireland’s managing director JP Scally

Gordon Deegan

The Managing Director of Lidl Ireland, JP Scally has confirmed plans for a further 50 Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.

Mr Scally was speaking yesterday as the company celebrated a milestone with Lidl Ireland opening its 200th store  in Tullamore.

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With the opening of the store in Tullamore - Lidl's second outlet in the town - the German discount retailer now operates 162 stores in the Republic and 38 in Northern Ireland with two million customers passing through its doors every week.

The firm has operated in Ireland for 20 years and holds an 11.4pc market share of the multi-billion euro supermarket business. 

In an interview, Mr Scally said: "The opening of the 200th store is part of a €200m investment. In 2019, we plan to complete the construction of our new state-of-the-art distribution centre and open 10 new stores."

This followed a €150m expansion programme in 2018 which incorporated the opening of 10 new builds in Nenagh, Fortunestown, Brunswick Street, Sligo, Limerick, Northwood, Birr, Dunshaughlin and Castleknock, as well as Magherafelt in Northern Ireland. 

He said: "Looking beyond 2020, we have ambitious plans for over 50 more stores across the island of Ireland and look forward to continuing to provide top quality products at market-leading prices to more and more customers."

Irish Independent

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