Hopes soar of 170 jobs with new Lidl HQ deal
SUPERMARKET giant Lidl is pressing ahead with a new headquarters that could bring 170 full-time jobs to Tallaght.
The development within the old village no longer includes proposals for 126 apartments.
The German multinational also abandoned plans for a nine-storey building within the development. The highest building will now be three storeys.
Resident say they are delighted with the scheme, which includes a supermarket, cafe, and creche. The headquarters will oversee the operation of 115 supermarkets opened in Ireland since the company arrived here 11 years ago. It operates 7,200 stores in 20 European countries.
A year ago, the discount supermarket chain announced plans for a new headquarters on Main Road in Tallaght. This original plan included more than 100 apartments as part of the development which consisted of six buildings ranging from one storey to nine storeys.
But more than 20 objections were lodged and Lidl withdrew the application and entered into consultations with the local community.
Executives spoke with residents' groups, community leaders and local politicians. The company has now come up with this new plan, which does not include any apartments.
Lidl stated it was lodging the new plan with the council immediately and hoped to begin work promptly if its plans were approved by council officials.
Tallaght Mayor Eamonn Maloney said the company's new plan showed the company had listened to local concerns.
The Tallaght Residents' Umbrella Group welcomed the scheme as "a win" for local people. The community had been included in consultations, although some ongoing concerns will be discussed.