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Bantry Lidl store contract awarded

April 17th, 2017 10:06 PM

By Southern Star Team

A sign at the site for the proposed Lidl supermarket in Bantry.

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

A CONTRACT to build a new Lidl store in Bantry has been awarded.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed to The Southern Star that the contract was due to be signed by the board this Friday, April 14th.

She also said that the appearance of Japanese Knotweed on the site would not hinder the development of the store at Newtown in Bantry.

‘All going well,’ the spokesperson said, ‘the contractor will meet our project manager on site next Tuesday, 18th, and work on clearing the site will start immediately.’

The company’s head of communications said work on the Bantry store – which will be Lidl’s 21st in Cork county – is expected to be completed before the end of the year, and will lead to the creation of 20 new jobs in Bantry. 

She said the company appreciated the overwhelming level of support it had received from the people of Bantry, including a public rally that was held at Bantry Boys’ Club in December.

West Cork TD, Michael Collins, (Ind) said: ‘The new Lidl store is going to be a huge boost for Bantry and the surrounding areas.

‘This is what the people of Bantry wanted. A public campaign was started in the town to ensure that consumers would be given greater choice when it came to their weekly grocery shopping. 

‘People have been travelling out of Bantry to Killarney, Dunmanway, and Skibbereen, but in the near future, they will be able to shop more economically in their locality.’

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