'We'll be offering a complimentary shuttle bus' - Lidl to transport customers as building to be demolished
Lidl Ireland has decided to demolish the remainder of its Fortunestown store and is yet to make a final call on future plans for the site.
The decision was made after engineers and consultants completed their assessment of the damage caused to the store after a digger was used to smash into the supermarket last Friday.
A spokeswoman confirmed that a complimentary shuttle bus service will be bringing customers to Lidl at Whitestown Way in Tallaght from Friday, March 9.
The service will run once a day and the 40-seater bus service will operate on a first come, first serve basis.
"We are aware that some of our customers in the Fortunestown area are experiencing difficulty in accessing and doing their shopping in other Lidl stores in the locality after the devastating events of last Friday night.
"The bus will depart from directly opposite the Fortunestown store at 10.30am sharp each day, drop customers to Lidl at Whitestown Way and will wait for 1 hour whilst customers complete their shopping. The bus will leave Whitestown Way at 11.45am sharp and return to Fortunestown."
The supermarket at Fortunestown Lane was bulldozed and burgled during the incident which took place during Storm Emma on Friday.
None of the staff were in the building at the time as it was closed following Met Éireann's status red alert.
Lidl confirmed that the 30 employees affected by the incident at the Tallaght branch have been redeployed to stores nearby.
A meeting was held on Monday morning and a Lidl spokeswoman said the actions of others will not "impact the livelihood of our hard-working team."
"On behalf of the Store Manager Ruth and her team we would like to thank everyone for their kind words in the aftermath of this incident. The team are genuinely blown away by the swell of support from, not just the community that they serve daily, but from right around the country," the spokeswoman said.