Lidl have applied for planning permission to demolish their existing supermarket building in Ardee and rebuild an entirely new, bigger store on the same site on the Drogheda Road in the town.
The German supermarket giant intend to demolish their current 1,794 sqm single-storey building and and construct a new single storey, with mezzanine level, store measuring 2,537sqm gross floor space, with a net retail sales area of 1,670sqm – 384sqm bigger than their current retail area.
The planning application also states the company are seeking to redevelop and reconfigure the existing site layout and car parking and extension of and modifications to existing access road including provision for agricultural/farmyard access point, and
They also want to relocate the pedestrian access point and include electric vehicle charging points within the car park area. It also includes the provision of free standing and building mounted signage, a covered trolley bay, hard and soft landscaping, public lighting, roof mounted solar panels, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment, cycle parking, boundary treatments, modification and extension of existing drainage, utility and services infrastructure and connections and all other associated and ancillary development and works above and below ground level.
A decision is expected by September 6, 2020. Submissions are required by August 16.
Back in February, Lidl reopened their second Drogheda store at the M1 Retail Park after a major build and extension at the store, following on from a similar upgrade to the company’s Donore Road store in 2017.
The company said the extended store added an additional eight new jobs to the staff at the M1 Retail Park, bringing the total number of employees at the store to 26. Shoppers at the M1 Retail Park store can also avail of 162 car parking spaces along with two electric vehicle charging points.
Lidl’s new store in Drogheda also has a Lidl to Go coffee machine and a larger fresh bakery area while improved facilities for store employees include a larger canteen and welfare area and shower facilities. A solar photovoltaic system – otherwise known as solar panels – will be installed within six months after opening, ensuring the store is powered using only green energy.
It is expected the new Ardee store, planning permission permitting, will have all of the above upgrades and additions.