ALDI CENTRE NEARS COMPLETION - BUT WHAT NOW?
As work continues apace and the project apparently nears completion, could the multi-million euro Aldi distribution centre on the outskirts of Mitchelstown soon be up and running?
The construction of the distribution centre which, when completed is planned to supply the many Aldi stores in the Munster region, got under way in 2009 and was scheduled to open early in 2011.
However, this planned opening was rescheduled by the company to 2013 after the number of proposed new Aldi stores across the country declined due to planning issues.
A statement issued by Aldi at the time blamed the rescheduling of the opening of the distribution centre squarely on the lack of planning permission for new Aldi stores nationwide.
"It has been necessary for Aldi to postpone the opening due to ongoing difficulties experienced in the planning process, which has resulted in fewer Aldi stores being opened in 2010 than originally planned.
"Aldi is continuing to seek planning permissions across the country to support its expansion programme. The lack of planning permissions for new stores is the only factor contributing to the delay in opening the new regional distribution centre”.
While the work in Mitchelstown continues, it is unclear if or when the distribution centre will begin operations.
“The company has no comment to make at this time,” a spokesperson for Aldi told The Avondhu this week.
Thursday 28th April 7:04pm