Supermarket chain Aldi plans to create 140 new full-time jobs in the west of Ireland over the next two years and invest €63m in the region.
The German retailer will open six new stores in Galway and Mayo and modernize four of its existing stores in Galway, creating 350 construction jobs during construction.
Aldi is opening a €10m store in Ballina today, its fifth store in Mayo and creating 30 new jobs.
Aldi chief executive Niall O’Connor said the supermarket was “very aware of the impact the cost of living crisis is having on people”.
“At Aldi, value has always been the priority, because we know that the weekly shop is one of the biggest expenses in every household.
“It’s more important than ever to be able to offer our customers the best value for money in the locations that are most convenient for them.”
Food inflation hit 9.5 percent in the three months to August, a 14-year high, according to research group Kantar.
This could increase consumers’ annual purchases by €662, Kantar said.
Annual inflation in Ireland slowed to 8.9 percent in August, down from 9.6 percent in July, according to a preliminary EU estimate.
But it will likely be a temporary respite as energy prices and rising food and other commodity prices propel it above double digits later this year.
Mr O’Connor said Aldi is working with its suppliers to help customers cope with price pressures.
“Aldi Ireland is not immune to the current realities of doing business in an inflationary time and we appreciate that the same is true of our strong network of local suppliers,” said Mr O’Connor.
“Working with our expanding local supplier network, we will continue to work hard, aware of our customers’ challenges and supporting them in weathering this storm.”
Aldi’s six new stores will be located in Ballina, Tuam, Mountbellew, Athenry, Ballyhaunis and Monivea Road in Galway.
It is modernizing four stores in Portumna, Clifden, Galway Retail Park and Ballinasloe.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the investment was “great news”.
“The government is committed to providing a job for anyone who wants one, in the county of their choice, so I’m pleased to see a good diversification of investment with potential further investment on the horizon.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/jobs/aldi-set-to-create-140-full-time-jobs-across-west-of-ireland-with-63m-expansion-41952039.html Aldi wants to create 140 full-time jobs in the west of Ireland with a €63 million expansion