Farmers oppose Aldi
A GROUP of farmers in the north Clare heritage town of Ennistymon are opposing attempts by German supermarket giant Aldi to build a new outlet there.
The farmers are angry that Clare Marts Ltd has sold the old mart site in Ennistymon to the German retailer, and the Save Ennistymon Mart Committee (SEMC) has lodged a strident objection against the plan with Clare Co Council.
Last year, Clare Marts sold the mart site in the town to Aldi for a price believed to be in the region of €1.5m in the face of opposition from farmers who at one stage held a silent protest outside a Clare Marts board meeting.
Aldi has told the council that it currently has 100 stores in Ireland with a number of others either under construction or at the planning stage.
Aldi states that the proposed development will not have an adverse impact of any significance on the existing retail provision in the catchment area.