€8m development creates seven new jobs

Former Ireland rugby captain Ciara Griffin presenting rugby kits to Marie Claire van Vrede and Cillian Healy, Scoil Bhride, Loreto National School, Killarney, at the opening. Also included is store manager Patrick Lawlor.
Pictures: Don MacMonagle

SEVEN new full-time jobs have been created in the new Aldi store officially opened in Killarney this morning.

The €8 million development, located on Park Road, will replace the existing outlet at Ardshanavooly which has closed after 14 years.

The new single-storey supermarket includes an off-licence, as well as two smaller retail outlets, and it comes after a study of shoppers by independent market research agency Behaviour & Attitudes found that 90 per cent of shoppers agree that a bigger Aldi store would be good for Killarney.

Mayor of Killarney Cllr Marie Moloney (centre) at the opening with, from left, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Cllr Donal Grady, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, store manager Patrick Lawlor, MEP Seán Kelly and former Ireland rugby captain Ciara Griffin

The new store, managed by Patrick Lawlor, spans 1,260sqm of retail space making it 50 per cent larger than the old Killarney store. There are also 113 car park spaces available, along with 15 bicycle rack stands.

With the new new full-time positions, Aldi in Killarney now employs a total of 25 people.

Aldi operates seven stores in Kerry and it has made a capital investment of €38 million in the county since it first opened a store in Tralee in 2004. The company currently employs up to 140 full-time staff across the county.

To mark the store opening, Aldi donated three rugby kits to Scoil Bhríde Loreto National School, Muckross, Killarney and lined up to present them was recently retired Ireland rugby captain Ciara Griffin, who hails from Kerry.

Aldi supports a variety of food and drink producers across Kerry and spent €15.5 million with its Kerry producers in 2021.