Looted Lidl will be rebuilt bigger than before
The Lidl store in Jobstown that was destroyed during a looting spree at the height of Storm Emma will re-open this summer.
The German discount supermarket chain announced yesterday that it will demolish what is left of the outlet on Fortunestown Lane, which suffered significant structural damage when looters stole a JCB and crashed into the building in order to steal a safe a fortnight ago.
Demolition is expected to be complete in the coming days and construction of the new facility will begin in the next few weeks, a spokeswoman said.
"It has to be rebuilt from scratch," she said of the irreparable damage to the store.
However, there is a "silver lining", she said, noting that the new store will be bigger.
The store measured 1,012 square metres, but the new one will be 1,700.
Although the layout of the store will be the same as other outlets, the new one will have much wider aisles with higher ceilings, she said.
Construction will take place over the spring and summer, and it is expected to open by the end of August.
Despite the negative publicity the incident drew around the world, Lidl said the company is delighted with how the local community has responded.
"We have been blown away by the level of support received from our loyal customer base in the Fortunestown area over the past few weeks," said the spokeswoman.
"We recognise that our service and store team have been greatly missed by the local community over the past few weeks and the team look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers once the rebuild is complete."
Customers have been availing of a free daily shuttle bus the company has been offering to another outlet nearby since last Friday.
The bus will run until at least the end of this week, when Lidl will decide whether to continue it.
Meanwhile, Dublin South-West Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy praised Lidl for its decision to re-open.
"This is a terrific endorsement of their relationship with the local community," he said.