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Aldi have announced plans to open a second store in Ennis.

On Friday, the discount supermarket chain submitted a planning application to Clare County Council for a 1,000sqm store at Westpoint Retail Park, on the Kilrush Road in Ennis.

If the project is given the green light, the store will open in late 2023. Aldi have said the new store would create 30 permanent jobs and up to 50 in the construction phase. It is to be powered by 100 percent green electricity with 96 dedicated customer car parking spaces included in the plans plus four electric vehicle charging points.

It is proposed that the store will be part of a mixed-use development which will also feature other retail units and a health centre. Access to the store will be via the N85 ring road and the Kilrush Rd.

Regional Managing Director with Aldi, Colin Breslin commented, “This is great news for Aldi shoppers in Ennis and the surrounding area. Our Francis Street store is one of our busiest and most popular stores in the country. We look forward to serving more Ennis shoppers with our award winning range of incredible value food and drink products”.

Currently, Aldi has four stores in Clare located in Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush and the Francis St in Ennis which opened in June 2005.

In May, Aldi was rejected planning permission for a store in Shannon. It was the second time a negative outcome was received by Aldi to its plans to open a base in the Airport Town. The decision made by Clare County Council is being appealed by the chain which was founded in 1946.

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