ALDI to create 1,000 new Irish jobs over next 5 years

Retail giant ALDI has spent €10bn with Irish suppliers since 1999.

ALDI has revealed plans to invest €400m in the creation of 30 new stores across Ireland, resulting in 1,000 new local jobs.

The stores will be located across the country in 13 counties, including Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Wicklow, Kildare, Galway, Monaghan, Longford, Limerick, Kilkenny, Meath, Mayo and Donegal, while ALDI will be recruiting for roles right across its store network, warehouse operations and office facilities.

“Times may change, but our unwavering commitment to value never will, and we’re looking to the next 25 years with as much focus and excitement as ever”

The additional investment over the next five years comes as ALDI announced its economic contribution to Ireland in 2023 was €757m while the retailer spent €1.1bn with Irish suppliers.

Economic impact

The data is included in its latest economic impact report, ‘ALDI in Ireland, 1999-2024′ which was published as the retailer marks 25 years in the Irish market and records the impact it has made on the economy since entering the country in 1999.   

These figures are outlined in the ‘ALDI in Ireland, 1999-2024′ report which includes economic analysis from Dublin City University Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics Anthony Foley and includes key facts and figures that demonstrate the scale of ALDI’s operations in Ireland and how the business has grown since 1999.

The report reveals ALDI’s economic impact since 1999:

  • €10bn: spent with Irish suppliers since 1999 – 58% increase in purchases from Irish suppliers since 2019
  • €2bn: ALDI capital investment in Ireland since 1999  
  • €1.3bn: in wages paid over the past 25 years  
  • €757m: ALDI’s economic contribution to Ireland in 2023 alone  
  • 25msupport for community sponsorships and charitable donations across 1,000 organisations

Buying from local suppliers

“Since first entering the Irish market 25 years ago, ALDI has had a significant positive impact on the Irish grocery market,” said Niall O’Connor, group managing director at ALDI. “We introduced the discount retailer model to Ireland which has succeeded in delivering low prices, value, choice and competition to the Irish retail market.  People who shop in ALDI know that they will never have to choose between quality, healthy food and price, and we are committed to offering the best value of any supermarket. 

“We take great pride in working together with our local suppliers to bring quality, affordable products to our customers.  We have supported hundreds of Irish suppliers to grow their businesses, including through our Grow with ALDI programme. We know that our Irish supplier network is the lifeblood of our success – their success is our success, and we’re proud to have been their champion for the last quarter of a century.

“At ALDI, we’re incredibly proud of our positive reputation as an employer. We’ve always delivered on our commitment to rewarding our staff, to offering career progression opportunities and to creating jobs across the country. As we mark 25 years in Ireland, I’m particularly proud of the fact that more than half of those who worked with us during our early years in Ireland, are still employed by ALDI today. 

“As we mark our 25-year milestone and look back on our achievements, we’re just as ambitious for the future. Based upon projected customer growth, we expect to serve our one billionth customer in 2025. We’re committed to playing a leading role in meeting the growing demand for new retail offerings, and by 2029 we will spend another €400m in capital expenditure on 30 new stores, adding 1,000 new colleagues. Times may change, but our unwavering commitment to value never will, and we’re looking to the next 25 years with as much focus and excitement as ever,” said O’Connor.

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