Construction of the extension will see the store receive a complete overhaul in line with Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh store design. Aldi’s new store layout was recognised at the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards, where it scooped the Best New Store Build award for one of its recently completed stores in Ennistymon Co. Clare.
Waterford City and County Council’s decision follows An Bord Pleanála’s recent ruling to provide Aldi with planning permission to open a new store in Tramore on Strand Road. Aldi operates five stores in County Waterford.
Once complete, the revamped Dungarvan store’s shop floor will be 30% larger, measuring 1,315 sqm. It will boast more chillers, a wide selection of fresh food at the front of the store, hi-spec fixtures and fittings, and new signage that provides a more efficient and hassle-free shopping experience. There will also be 118 free car parking spaces for customers.
The store will be powered by 100% green electricity. Aldi has invested heavily in improving its energy management systems and its entire store network is now powered by 100% wind generated energy. Aldi was the second retailer in Ireland to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation in recognition of its efforts to improve energy efficiencies.
The new extension and revamp is expected to be fully complete by August 2019. The store will remain fully open during the majority of the renovation work.
Since first opening in 2014, Aldi’s Davis Street store has become an established part of Dungarvan’s retail landscape, proving very popular with local shoppers for bringing greater competition, choice and value for money to the town.
The store participates in Aldi’s national partnership with FoodCloud, donating surplus food to local charities daily. The store has donated more than 17,500 meals to its charity partners to date, saving the charities almost €25,000. Aldi Dungarvan is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Dungarvan Care of the Aged availing of the €500 bursary grant this year.
“This decision is great news for Dungarvan shoppers. A bigger and more spacious Aldi Project Fresh store means we will be able to provide an even better shopping experience to our customers in Dungarvan," Aldi Mitchelstown Region managing director Niall O’Connor said.
“We welcome Waterford City and County Council’s decision and we will now move forward with our plans. We are investing €160m in our Irish store network, opening more stores and revamping all of our existing stores in the Project Fresh format, to bring our unbeatable grocery offering to more families across Ireland.
“Our commitment to our customers is we will never be beaten on price and will always provide the best value. Our Swap and Save campaign launched in May. The goal is to remind shoppers about the saving that can be generated by swapping their weekly shop to Aldi.”