Lidl granted planning for Dungloe extension

Lidl granted planning for Dungloe extension

Lidl granted planning for Dungloe extension

Declan Magee

German food retail giant Lidl has been granted planning permission to expand its store in Dungloe.

Donegal County Council has granted planning permission for a 133 square metre single storey extension to the front of the existing licensed food store on Carnmore Road in the Rosses town. The development will also see parking spaces at the site moved.

No submissions or objections had been lodged to the application to extend the store.

The decision comes as the company seeks to add extensions to stores across the county. Lidl Ireland Gmbh is applying for planning permission to extend its store in Milford, Bundoran and Ballybofey. The company is also seeking 133 sqm one-storey extension to the three stores. All three proposed developments also involve parking extensions.

A spokeswoman for Lidl said the company has a policy of not discussing planning issues.

The company also has stores in Letterkenny, Donegal Town and Buncrana and has a total of 191 in the country and has rapidly expanded its network of stores in the country in recent years.

Lidl opened its store in Dungloe five years ago and was followed by its German rival Aldi.

Local councillor David Alcorn said the approved extension had to be welcomed as it showed the business is in the town. "The general consensus here is that it has attracted more people to the town. If the company is looking for an extension, obviously the trade is there. There is great competition in the town now and you can get any item you want. There is a great variety and Dungloe is now the main shopping town in west Donegal and it means anything you want can be bought in your local area. What we have to do now is to protect the jobs we have in that sector during these difficult times."