By Dan Walsh
Aldi has unveiled its newly revamped and extended Newtown Road store, in Wexford town, following a €2.5 million overhaul. There are also 86 car park spaces available to Aldi shoppers, along with a bicycle rack stand.
The store overhaul and extension has created four new permanent jobs in the local area in addition to the current team of 26 staff and brings the total number of staff working in Aldi’s seven Co. Wexford stores to over 185.
Over the past month the store has undergone a complete refurbishment, including the building of a new extension, increasing the shop floor space by 30% and the store has been redesigned to be as environmentally friendly as possible, featuring free to use electric car charging points and being powered by 100% green electricity.
Speaking at the store reopening today (Thursday), Barry Doyle, Aldi Newtown Road Wexford Town Store Manager said; “Our new and improved store is fantastic news for local shoppers! The spacious design means it is easier for customers to pick up what they need, and our aim is to ensure the very best customer shopping experience. In addition, it’s great to see new jobs being created in the town.”
Aldi has made a capital investment of €23.5 million in Co. Wexford since 2004. Aldi claims to be the best paying supermarket in Ireland and currently employs over 185 full-time staff across the county. Aldi is seeking to recruit 34 new employees for its seven Wexford stores this year, including 24 permanent positions.
As part of the store reopening, Aldi has donated six full Aldi Play Rugby kits to Mercy School, St John’s Road, Wexford. Aldi’s stores across Co. Wexford are deeply involved in their local communities. To date, the stores have donated over 55,000 meals to local charities through FoodCloud, saving the charities more than €70,000. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Wexford Marine Watch and Pieta House Wexford some of the several charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant.
In addition to supporting local charities, Aldi is the first retailer in Ireland to commit to planting one million native Irish woodland trees by 2025, working together with Green Belt.
Aldi partners with a variety of Irish food and drink producers across Co. Wexford and spent €9 million with its Co. Wexford suppliers in 2020. Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of locally produced Irish products available at its stores. Aldi currently partners with 12 food and drink producers across Co. Wexford.