The Ultimate Guide To Lidl in Ireland

By Hollins

lidl offers irelandCompetitors inside the Irish grocery trade is set to turn out to be much more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it is seeking for sites for greater than 60 additional retailers on each sides of the Border. The planned expansion is thought to be the biggest by any of the main grocery multiples and coincides with signs of a continuing recovery in customer spending inside the Republic.

Lidl is already one of many biggest retailers in Ireland with 143 stores and a additional 38 in Northern Ireland. The other German discount chain Aldi has 115 stores in the Republic but does not trade in Northern Ireland.

Lidl has appointed CBRE’s Dublin and Belfast offices to find crucial sites in cities and towns to facilitate the expansion. Right after opening its very first shop here in 2000, it expanded quickly and “experienced unparalleled development throughout their lifetime in Ireland,” in accordance with the company.

As a part of the continued expansion strategy it says it is “looking to open additional 60-plus shops on higher profile web sites with good visibility and accessibility.”

Freehold properties

The perfect site will probably be two acres in size though smaller sized plots of about 1 acre will be regarded as in higher density urban locations. There is certainly also a preference for freehold properties to accommodate stores ranging in size from 1,800 sq m to 2,400 sq m (19, 375 sq ft/25,833 sq ft).

Florence Stanley, head of retail at CBRE Dublin, stated that as well as mounting a countrywide search for appropriate sites, they could be contacting nearby estate agents to locate the very best enterprise areas.

“It might take a while to fulfil our commitment but if we manage to line up 60 websites within three years our client would probably be happy.”

Whilst most of the existing Lidl properties have substantial parking facilities, the company has also been capable to avail of smaller, well-located sites by placing the stores on stilts and using the space underneath the building for parking.

One such retailer is located around the 1.14-acre former Sunday World website in Terenure which lately opened for business.

That site was bought by a residential development organization through the property boom for €18.three million and was acquired after the crash by Lidl for more than €4 million.

Not excellent news

Tara Buckley, director common in the Retail Grocery Dairy and Allied Trades Association, said 60 discount supermarkets was not good news for Irish towns and villages.

lidl sunday opening hoursA report by economist Jim Power had shown that a euro spent inside a locally owned shop was worth 3 times greater than 1 spent within a British or German chain. At the end in the day their profits go back to Germany or the UK.

Lidl’s share in the discount marketplace inside the North has risen substantially more than the years even though surprisingly the business has not been challenged in that market by Aldi. That business recently confirmed that its planned £600 million expansion inside the UK – it is to open yet another 550 outlets – is not going to include Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Tesco is still mulling over the long delayed megastore planned for Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin. It has denied it is to be abandoned just like 49 other supermarket projects within the UK.

Preparing permission for the store was granted by An Bord Plean?la in June 2016 and, based on an official spokesperson, the company is “working by means of preparing compliance with all the local authority and as such a commencement date for the development has not yet been finalised”.