There was great excitement on Thursday morning when Aldi Ireland opened its new store in Ardee, Co. Louth, creating 20 new permanent jobs in the local area.
Located in Jervis Street, Ardee, the store was officially opened in the presence of the local team and store manager John Grimes.
“This new €5 million store in Ardee is the latest step in Aldi’s expansion program and I am delighted to open our fifth store in Louth and our 155th store in Ireland today,” said John Grimes. “This new store and the 20 new jobs created will support our ambition to deliver value to the people of Louth in the places that are most convenient for them.
“As a leading retailer in Ireland, we are well aware of the current challenges facing consumers and businesses. The cost of living crisis is affecting every household and we know what it means for our customers. Aldi Ireland strongly believes that continued investment in our value proposition and store network is key. Working together with our strong network of local suppliers, we will continue to work hard, mindful of the challenges our customers face and supporting them to weather this storm.”
The spacious new 1,315 square meter store features Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design and features wide aisles and high-spec fixtures. There are 87 parking spaces available for Aldi shoppers, in addition to nine electric vehicle charging points and 12 bicycle spaces.
The store has been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible, powered by 100% green electricity and solar panels on the roof of the store. It features ALDI’s new electronic shelf labels in-store instead of traditional paper price tags, meaning stock or price changes can be easily and quickly communicated to customers.
Aldi currently partners with 11 Irish food and drink producers in Co Louth and spent €18.4m with them in 2021. Aldi is committed to increasing its Irish supply base and increasing the amount of locally produced Irish products available in their stores. Last year, the retailer spent a billion euros with its Irish food and drink suppliers.
“Households and families in and around Ardee can now shop at their local Aldi and enjoy our range of high-quality fresh produce, Irish ingredients and household products at a price that simply won’t be beat,” added John. “At a time when everyone is dealing with rising costs, the ability to offer our customers the best value in the most convenient locations for them is more important than ever. Our promise to our Ardee customers is that we will never be beaten on price, and we will always offer the best value when you shop with us.
“We were very encouraged by the response to our recruitment campaign at the local level, with a high level of applications received and processed. We are delighted to welcome our 20 new employees to the Ardee team and look forward to working together to provide excellent service and product offerings to our local customers.”