Aldi’s Arklow, North Quay “Project Fresh” store has reopened its doors to customers following an extensive renovation project which has seen the store completely refurbished. Project Fresh sees Aldi invest €60m in revamping the layout and design of all of its 143 stores nationwide.
The newly refurbished store has received a full makeover in line with Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh design. Aldi’s Project Fresh store layout was recognised at the Checkout National Retail Supplier Awards, by scooping the Best New Store Build award for Aldi’s Ennistymon store, one of Aldi’s first Project Fresh stores.
Featuring the new layout, Aldi’s Arklow, North Quay store offers a wide selection of fresh food at the front of the store, hi-spec fixtures and fittings and new signage that provides a more efficient and hassle-free shopping experience.
The store will be powered by 100% green electricity. Aldi has invested heavily in improving its energy management systems and its entire store network is now powered by 100% wind generated energy. Aldi was the second retailer in Ireland to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation in recognition of its efforts to improve energy efficiencies.
Operating four stores in Co. Wicklow, Aldi has become an established part of Wicklow’s retail landscape, proving very popular with shoppers for bringing greater competition, choice and value for money. Aldi will open its fifth Wicklow store in Rathnew in the coming weeks.
Aldi’s Arklow, North Quay store participates in Aldi’s national partnership with FoodCloud, donating surplus food to local charities daily. The store has donated nearly 10,000 meals to its charity partners to date. Aldi’s Arklow store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Arklow Cancer Support just one of several charities availing of the €500 bursary grant this year.
Speaking at the reopening, Mark Brady, Store Manager said: “The Project Fresh revamp of our store is great news for our customers. Its new spacious design makes for a very easy and enjoyable shop.”
“Our commitment to our customers is we will never be beaten on price and will always provide the best value. Our Swap and Save campaign continues and the goal of this campaign is to remind shoppers about the saving that can be generated by swapping their weekly shop to Aldi.”
Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores. It has invested more than €2,500,000 in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 143 stores.
In March, Aldi reduced its payment terms for all suppliers that transact up to €1 million worth of business annually with Aldi. Payments are processed and paid within five working days.