Wednesday 23 October 2019

Planning sought for new Lidl supermarket on current site

The Lidl store in New Ross
The Lidl store in New Ross

Lidl have sought planning permission to demolish their current store and build a larger, new supermarket in New Ross.

The company made the application in mid-September and a decision from Wexford County Council planners is due in November.

The application seeks to build a new discount supermarket just off the quay in New Ross to expand the space and range available to customers, to include an expanded off licence. The application is for a 1.357 sqm store and the works would see the partial demolition of the existing adjacent single storey factory and warehouse building adjoining Priory Lane, the demolition of the existing silo structure, the construction of a single storey 2,178 msq supermarket with a retail sales area of 1,400 sqm.

The project would see the reconfiguration of the existing site layout and the construction of a new delivery access area to the rear of the new foodstore, along with ancillary works including installing solar panels, a new cycle parking area.

Lidl New Ross Manager Edgars Spole said the company plan to build the largest supermarket in the town centre, adding that the planned expansion follows the extension to Aldi, which is located less than 200 metres along the quay.

Mr Spole said the supermarket employs 22 people and will be taking on more staff subject to planning permission being approved and the new supermarket opening - most likely in 2021. 'This was one of the first Lidl stores to open in the Republic of Ireland. I know the company looked at other locations but they wanted to keep this historic place which is so traditional for the elderly people of the town.'

He said the supermarket has been very busy, adding that its recycling initiatives, including the plastic bins behind the tills for recycling have proven very popular. 'We have new bags coming in also which will be reusable and can be used for fruit. We also have a lot of choice with loose products. The customer are happy and have even been emptying their cereals into reusable bags and leaving the boxes and plastic behind.'

New Ross Standard