Business News — 23 May 2014

A new Aldi store is to open on Watergate Street, subject to it getting planning permission. The Town Manager provided the April Town Council meeting the history of the site. The area had been identified as a site for a new civic offices and when hydrocarbons were discovered on the site this resulted in delays and protracted legal proceedings. These were settled in May 2010 and the site handed back to the council in December 2012. Following extensive surveys on the site and extensive discussions with Aldi Ireland an expression of interest was made by Aldi. The site is a difficult one with a right of way and the town walls nearby, the Manager said.

The area is zoned town centre or commercial. Aldi have now made an offer of €585,000 for 1.75 acres subject to planning permission being granted. Plans for a store with 106 car places will involve a significant amount of work considering the site. The planning application will have to be submitted within a reasonable space of time and the works on construction would begin as soon as possible.

“This development will be a great boost to Trim and the town centre” said the Manager. He recommended the offer to the Council.

Councillor James O’Shea welcomed the announcement and said it was a well planned project that would bring more footfall into the town centre. He thanked the manager, officials and all involved in the project.

Councillor Reilly also welcomed the development. It is a good news story for Trim and will give the town a much needed boost.
Councillor Cantwell said it was wonderful news for the town and would result in the removal of an eyesore in the town. He asked about the store design and would it be in keeping with the heritage town status of Trim. He asked would a traffic study be required.

The Town Manager said that as the supermarket would go on the Watergate Street site no development would now take place on the site beside the OPW building. He said that the council would be anxious that a sensitive design be put in place. Pre-planning discussions were already underway. He said he hoped the development would have a positive impact on the surrounding shops.
Cllr Noel French welcomed the announcement. Securing a supermarket for the centre of Trim Town is very important as this will increase footfall in the town. I have always opposed out of town commercial developments that suck the life’s blood out of the centre of many towns. This new development will bring a new vitality to Market Street and Emmet Street. It will also give consumers more choice when they come to Trim and hopefully retain more shoppers in the town. I would hope that the new supermarket will increase the retail business in the town and ensure that the jobs in local shops and supermarkets are safe and secure and that the new supermarket will increase employment in this vital sector.

Councillor Kenny was delighted with the news. He said it was a reflection of a general turnaround in the economy. The area was an eyesore. A town centre is the proper location for such a development. “Trim has great potential and this new store will provide an opportunity for the people of Trim.”

Councillor McHugh said the council should do what it could to facilitate the existing supermarkets in the town in particular Supervalu. Councillor French agreed and said Supervalu is a major employer in the town and it was important that existing retail jobs be maintained.

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