Aldi staff at the National Ploughing Championships 2016 at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Aldi has announced 400 new jobs as part of a major expansion

The €100 million investment will see 20 new stores.

ALDI HAS ANNOUNCED 400 new jobs in Ireland, as part of an expansion that will include 20 new stores and extensions to existing outlets.

The €100 million investment will see new stores opening in early 2017 in Trim, Co Meath, Leixlip, Co Kildare and Ennistymon, Co Clare.

The German retailer says it also has planning applications pending for five new outlets in 2017, plus nine extensions to existing shops. The discount grocery chain already has 128 Irish stores, with 11.3% of the grocery market.

Last October Aldi raised its minimum rate of pay to the living wage of €11.50, an increase of 4.5% for entry-level pay for store assistants and 10% for stock assistants and caretakers.

It followed Lidl’s previous commitment to do so.

“We have a very aggressive store opening plan for the next three years, planning to open 20 new stores plus additional extensions to our current store portfolio,” said Giles Hurley, Aldi’s group managing director for Ireland,

We are building on the sustained growth we have achieved in the last few years and will be creating an additional 400 jobs.

“The fantastic products supplied by our many Irish suppliers have been key to our growth and success in Ireland,” added Hurley.

We are committed to increasing the number of Irish products on our shelves and as we grow and open more stores, there will be more and more opportunities for Irish suppliers to work with us.

“We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join the Aldi team and contribute to our continued success in Ireland.”

The new jobs will include opportunities as area manager, store manager, assistant store manager and store assistant. Aldi currently employs over 3,200 people in Ireland, and store managers begin on a starting salary of €55,000.

Read: Lidl’s plans to boost operation will create 600 jobs

Read: Aldi staff in line for pay hike as supermarket commits to raising hourly rate to €11.50

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