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Lidl Ireland Announce Plans to Build New Store in Ballysimon, Co Limerick

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Lidl Ballysimon development will be constructed in conjunction with Kirkland Investments Ltd.

Once opened the brand-new store will create 30 new jobs for the retailer, while up to 100 jobs will be supported during the construction development phase

Lidl Ireland is pleased to announce that a planning application has been lodged with Limerick City & County Council for a new state-of-the-art Lidl store in Towlerton, Ballysimon as part of a wider development. If approved, the new Lidl Ballysimon store will expand the retailer’s Limerick portfolio to five stores.

The mixed-use Lidl Ballysimon development which will be constructed in conjunction with Kirkland Investments Ltd, will consist of a Lidl supermarket, a number of commercial units, office space and 38 residential apartments. The proposed development also includes a café so customers can enjoy a coffee before or after their weekly shop.

Once opened the brand-new store will create 30 new jobs for the retailer, while up to 100 jobs will be supported during the construction development phase.

The store will incorporate a range of sustainability features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System, electric vehicle charger spaces and a solar panel system. It will also offer Lidl’s growing customer base a superior shopping experience with a spacious interior layout, high ceilings and wide aisles.

Commenting on the application for Towlerton, Ballysimon James Purcell, Regional Property Director at Lidl Ireland said: 

“We are delighted to submit the plans for the new store in Towlerton, Ballysimon. We are confident it will be received well by the community. Limerick is hugely important to Lidl, as we have traded proudly there right from the start with the Childers Road branch, one of the first stores to open in the country.

This latest application will allow us to continue to further invest in the county. A Lidl store doesn’t just bring better value shopping to an area – it means more fundraising for Ladies Gaelic Football clubs and schools in the area. We also use FoodCloud to connect with local charities or groups to ensure that surplus food from our stores goes to those who need it most. Our partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, also ensures that mental health services in the area are adequately supported.” 

Speaking about the collaboration with Lidl on the development Robert Butler of Kirkland Investments added: 

“We are delighted to work alongside Lidl on this project. Extensive time and expertise have contributed to developing the plans that promise to enhance the site into a vibrant residential and commercial hub – creating job opportunities, retail and business outlets, housing and accommodation for the local communities and surrounding areas. We are keen to see the designs come to fruition and progress to the construction stage.”

The site is an undeveloped site located next to the new Educate Together Secondary School which is currently under construction and also adjacent to the site for the new 150 bed Bons Secours Hospital site which recently received a final planning grant.

The deal was brokered by Peter O’Meara of Savills Ireland who commented: “With construction well advanced on the new Educate Together Secondary School and following on from the recent grant of permission to Bon Secours for a new 150 bed hospital, this mixed-use planning application represents further good news for this area of Limerick. Construction is expected to commence on the Bon Secours site in January 2023.”

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