Aldi has halted plans for a new Monaghan town store.
A spokesperson for the German retailer confirmed the decision this afternoon following “unsuccessful negotiations” with Monaghan County Council on significant flood relief works.
In 2019, An Bord Pleanala granted Aldi full planning permission to build a new store on the junction of Macartan Road and the Glen Road in Monaghan town, on land known as McNally’s Car Park.
The store was initially expected to be open in 2020, but delays built up as plans were being finalised with Monaghan County Council.
In a statement this afternoon, an Aldi spokesperson confirmed to Shannonside Northern Sound News that construction on the Monaghan town store is no longer proceeding.
It said the decision follows unsuccessful negotiations with the local authority regarding significant flood remediation and relief works outside the Aldi site boundary.
Potential flooding risks and issues with existing culverts were identified during the planning application stage.
The new store was to bring 20 new permanent jobs to the town once opened, while up to 60 construction jobs were to be supported during the construction phase.
The spokesperson added that the company is disappointed by the move, but remains committed to opening a store in the town and working with Monaghan County Council to find a workable solution.
Aldi currently has a store in Carrickmacross and Cavan town, with plans in place to open another store in Cootehill in 2023.