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New Aldi stores for Killarney and Caherciveen

Retail therapy: Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, announcing the Aldi recruitment drive with Niall O’Connor, Group Managing Director, Aldi Ireland (right) and Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail

RETAIL giant Aldi is to recruit 37 new employees in Kerry – including Killarney – as part of a nationwide expansion plan that will see a total of 1,050 jobs created.

The company announced today that the extra staff will be employed this year with six new stores planned, including a new outlet on Park Road in Killarney and another in Caherciveen.

The other new ventures will be in Dunshaughlin in Meath, Douglas in Cork, Newbridge in Kildare and Bayside in Dublin which will add to its existing network of 145 stores.

While all 37 jobs in Kerry will be permanent positions, the other posts around the country will include 700 full-time positions and 350 temporary jobs to support busy key trading periods.

The existing Aldo store at Deerpark, Killarney

Currently operating seven stores in Kerry, Aldi says its new outlets in Killanrey and Caherciveen are part of its ambitious development programme.

The German discounter received planning permission last year to build a new store at Ardshanavooley, a short distance from the existing premises at Deerpark and about a kilometer from Killarney town.

The new single-storey supermarket will include an off-licence, two smaller retail outlets and parking for 113 vehicles.

The retailer has witnessed a surge in sales and customer footfall in the last 12 months, with sales growing by 15.2 per cent and with over 1.4 million households shopping at its stores. The additional staff are required to help meet ongoing customer demand across its store network.

Aldi store assistants are able to earn up to €14.10 per hour and it was the first supermarket to introduce the Living Wage Technical Group’s recommended rate of €12.30 as its minimum entry level of pay.

Group Managing Director, Niall O’Connor, said Aldi stores have seen a major increase in customer footfall since the Covid-19 pandemic began an staff have played a central role in ensuring people have had access in a safe environment.

“We take pride in being one of the best employers in the country, employing over 4,500 colleagues and paying industry leading wages,” he said.

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