By Dan Walsh
Aldi today (Thursday) unveiled its newly revamped and extended Wexford Trinity Street store following a €2.8 million overhaul and the store has been redesigned to be as environmentally friendly as possible and powered by 100% green electricity.
Over the past number of months the store has undergone a complete refurbishment, including the building of a new €2.8 million extension, increasing the shop floor space by 37%. Featuring Aldi’s exciting award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the floor size has been extended from 850sqm to 1,162sqm, and features wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings. There are also 86 car park spaces available to Aldi shoppers, along with a bicycle rack stand.
The revamped Wexford Trinity Street store will also be the first Aldi store in Ireland to trial Electronic Shelf Labels in place of traditional paper price labels in stores. These electronic labels will mean that price or stock changes can easily and quickly be communicated to customers.
Originally built in 2004, the store overhaul and extension has created four new permanent jobs in the local area in addition to the current team of 18 staff. This brings the total number of staff working in Aldi’s six Co. Wexford stores to over 185.
Speaking at the store reopening, Declan Kealy, Aldi Trinity Street Wexford 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’s existing stores across Co. Wexford are deeply involved in their local communities. To date, the stores have donated almost 59,000 meals to local charities through FoodCloud, saving the charities more than €73,000. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Jonah Special School and South East Animal Rescue some of the several charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant last year.
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 currently partners with nine Irish food and drink producers across Co. Wexford and spent €9.6 million with its Co. Wexford suppliers in 2021. Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of locally produced Irish products available at its stores. Last year, Aldi spent €1 billion with its Irish food and drink suppliers.
The Wexford store opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 22:00. Saturday to Sunday; 09:00 – 21:00.