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Nenagh Town May Welcome Aldi

Aldi, the German discount supermarket giant, have submitted a planning application to set up a new development at the former SuperValu store at Springfort Retail Park, Nenagh Co Tipperary. Aldi purchased the store last month having been refused permission previously to trade at a nearby site, following an objection lodged by Nenagh Chamber of Commerce.

While Nenagh Town Council had previously given the ‘go ahead,’ for Aldi’s previous plan, the Town Council’s decision was further appealed by Nenagh Chamber of Commerce, which, while not opposed to the retail giant coming to Nenagh, argued that the company should find a town centre site for its store.  An Bord Pleanála generally accepted this view, and ruled that a peripherally located Aldi would greatly detract from Nenagh’s town centre.

Nenagh Town Council will decide whether or not to grant planning permission in the coming weeks, or may seek further information and clarification from Aldi. Shopkeepers in the town’s centre, in general, are expected to welcome this application, which is basically in line with Nenagh town’s current development plan, latter which strongly recommends that Town planners and Management first protect the town centre, where many business sites are presently available for use. Springfort Retail Park is situated however 1 kilometre to the south-west of Nenagh town centre, on the main Limerick Road

This German owned discount retailer currently operates over 8,000 stores worldwide, of which 84 are based here in Ireland, including one profitable outlet in Thurles.


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