The opening of a new Lidl store in Carrick-on-Suir could see up to E2 million more being spent in the local economy every year.
This was the positive approach of Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald, when he officially opened the store last Thursday morning.
Speaking at the opening of the store, which has created 12 jobs in the town, Cllr Fitzgerald said the spending leakage from Carrick on Suir has been researched to be almost E9 million annually.
“If only 20% of this spending power was retained in Carrick, this would result in a further E1,800,000 being spent in our town annually. This additional spend would result not just in retaining current retail jobs but would, in my opinion, also increases job prospects.
“Today Lidl has created up to 12 new jobs in Carrick and it is my expectation that Lidl will be to the forefront in arresting the spending leakage and, perhaps in time, increasing their employee numbers.
“I congratulate and thank Lidl for providing this superb new store which will significantly add to, and compliment, the retail offering already available in Carrick on Suir,” the mayor said, before cutting the ribbon to declare the store open.
He told those gathered for the opening that the investment of the German supermarket chain in the town was “a truly significant occasion in the life of Carrick on Suir”.
He also described the company’s arrival as “a vote of confidence in out town, a vote of confidence in the town’s retail sector and most importantly, it is a vote of confidence in you, the customer.”
The Carrick-on Suir Lidl store is the company’s 127th discount supermarket in Ireland.
“Lidl prides itself on the slogan ‘On the way to a better tomorrow.’ I think I can truly say that today is the beginning of a better tomorrow for the town of Carrick on Suir,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.
Also at the opening ceremony was the Carrick on Suir Business Association Chairman, Niall Walsh.
Mr Walsh told The Nationalist that he welcomed Lidl to the town and echoed the belief that its arrival is a vote of confidence in Carrick-on-Suir. “No doubt this store will create further jobs and prevent the leakage to other towns,” he agreed.
He said people liked to have choice when shopping and expressed the hope that this new store will keep people in Carrick and money in the local economy.
The store offered customers many opening bargains, and last Saturday hosted a family fun day as part of the opening celebrations.