Following the public anger that followed the looting and wanton destruction perpetuated against its store in Fortunestown in west Dublin, Lidl Ireland has confirmed that it is to rebuild a brand new store on the site after the natural and unnatural disasters that befell it amid the recent Storm Emma.
Building will commence shortly with the new store planned for opening by late Summer. The new, larger store had been in the pipeline before the damage caused by looters during Storm Emma.
Lidl said it had been “blown away by the level of support received from our loyal customer base in the Fortunestown area over the past few weeks.”
The supermarket chain is offering customers a complimentary shuttle bus service from Fortunestown to its next nearest store at Whitestown Way on a first come first served basis, and depart at 10.30am sharp each day.
All staff affected by the closure of the Fortunestown Lane store have been offered positions in other stores until the new, bigger, store opens in the summer.
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South-West John Lahart said the decision by Lidl to construct a new store on Fortunestown Lane is “a massive boost to the local community”.
Dublin South-West TD, Colm Brophy also added his delight following the news: ”I am delighted that Lidl have decided to rebuild their Fortunestown store. This is a terrific endorsement of their relationship with the local community which has been fostered over many years.
‘The decision to rebuild the store is particularly good news for the employees. I know the announcement by Lidl that all jobs would be safe was appreciated by everyone. This investment in the Citywest/ Jobstown area is very positive and I know that Lidl will be a cornerstone of the community here for many years to come.”
We are delighted to confirm that plans have been put in place to rebuild the store in Fortunestown following the events that took place on March 2nd. Building of the new and improved store will commence in the coming weeks, with the new store planned to be open by late Summer. pic.twitter.com/J2y3uYSwrz
— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) March 14, 2018