Local Independent councillor Paul Hayes has welcomed the arrival of German retailer Aldi to Clonakilty saying it offers more choice to the local community when doing their shopping.
Mr Hayes, who lives in Courtmacsherry, said the announcement that Aldi would be opening in The Waterfront by the end of 2022 was a long time coming.
Aldi received planning permission for a store in April 2017 and this week lodged an application to alter its roof specifications to match Aldi’s new standard store design.
“It had been on the cards for a long time,” Mr Hayes said, “and these German retailers are known for their value for money so it is very welcome.” The councillor said he thought it would be beneficial to the whole community as people now seem to pick and choose bits and bobs from various shops rather than getting everything in the one place.
“I think the days of the big shop on a Saturday are gone, people go to a few different places these days buying certain items in certain stores.” The development of the new Aldi store will see a substantial investment into the local area, with up to 80 jobs being created during the construction period and 20 permanent positions to become available upon opening.
The 1,315 sqm store will be constructed in Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design and feature 109 car parking spaces. Powered by 100% green electricity, it will also include two free-to-use electric vehicle charging points outside the store.
Mr Hayes said while he was happy to see the store come to Clonakilty he and the council were still very much focused on attracting people into the town centre.
We are doing our very best for the town centre,” Mr Hayes assured.
Aldi has 23 stores across the Cork county, the first one opened in Ballincollig, 20 years ago. Their Regional Distribution Centre is also in Mitchelstown.
Aldi’s 23 Cork stores participate in its national partnership with FoodCloud, donating surplus food to local charities daily.
Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Dunmanway Girls Scouts, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, 23rd Midleton Scouts, and Cork Association for Autism among those availing of the bursary grant in recent times.