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Saturday 17 November 2018

Lidl's second Sligo store also saw mill restoration

Paul Deering

Lidl opens its second Sligo store this Thursday in a project which also saw the restoration of a 19th century mill at Lyons Terrace.

Built in c.1837 it served the nearby port and Lidl has now brought this landmark building back to life after years of neglect. The ground floor will accommodate a restaurant while the upper floors can be used for art or as performing space.

Lidl worked with a conservation architect on the project which saw restoration of the stonework to its original state. Connecting the mill building to the new Lidl store is a landscaped public area with raised landscaped planting beds built with reclaimed stone from the site itself.

Also, old wooden beams were used in the making of new windows in the mill.

The store is powered by green electricity and is certified to ISO50001 energy efficiency standards. Over the next few weeks a solar photovoltaic system will be installed which will generate approximately 25% of the store's energy requirements. The store also offers customers free use of a number of electric vehicle charging points.

Rory Farrell, Store Manager said: "We are delighted to open Lidl's 158th store in such a fantastic location.

"We wanted to bring a new state of the art store to the area while also complementing the community's historical past.

"Restoring the Lyons Terrace Mill not only brings the site back to life, but also, brings it back to its original purpose which was to provide for the local community."

LGFA Sligo Captain Noelle Gormley will officially open the new store which has created 25 new jobs.

The store will open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 9pm on Sundays.

There are 147 car parking spaces at the Finisklin Road site which has 1,600 sqm of sales space, making it one of the company's largest stores in the country.

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