Friday 24 May 2019

Lidl confirm plans to rebuild store destroyed in Fortunestown

An image supplied by Lidl of what the new store in Fortunestown will look like
An image supplied by Lidl of what the new store in Fortunestown will look like

Sean Nolan

Lidl Ireland have confirmed that they plan to rebuild their store in Fortunestown that was destroyed on March 2.

The supermarket at Fortunestown Lane was bulldozed and burgled during an incident which took place during Storm Emma.

Today the company announced that they will commence building a 'new and improved store' in the coming weeks.

They hope it will be open to the public 'by late summer'.

In their statement they say: "We have been blown away by the level of support received from our loyal customer base in the Fortunestown area over the past few weeks. We recognise that our service and store team have been greatly missed by the local community over the past few weeks and the team look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers once the rebuild is complete."

Previously the company had said that plans to build a new store were under review and staff were redeployed to other stores in the wake of the incident.

None of the company's staff were in the building at the time of the incident as it was closed following Met Eireann's status red alert.

Dublin South-West TD, Colm Brophy said: “I am delighted that Lidl have decided to rebuild their Fortunestown store. This is a terrific endorsement of their relationship with the local community which has been fostered over many years.

“The decision to rebuild the store is particularly good news for the employees. I know the announcement by Lidl that all jobs would be safe was appreciated by everyone.

“This investment in the Citywest/ Jobstown area is very positive and I know that Lidl will be a cornerstone of the community here for many years to come,” the Fine Gael TD said.

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