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Aldi is to create 400 new jobs in Ireland over the next three years as part of a €100 million expansion programme of its Irish store network.The investment will see Aldi open 20 new Irish stores along with extending a number of its current stores over the same three-year period.

The new stores will be located throughout the country, including Trim, Co. Meath, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, and Ennistymon, Co. Clare, all of which are opening in early 2017. Aldi is also in the planning process for an additional five new stores in 2017, plus nine extensions to its existing portfolio.

Since opening its first stores in Ireland in 1999, Aldi has grown its chain to 128 supermarkets nationwide. Commenting on its latest expansion plans, Giles Hurley, Aldi’s group managing director, Ireland, said: “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.

Aldi currently employs more than 3,200 people in Ireland. The business introduced the ‘Living Wage’ in February 2016, with store employees earning up to €13.80 per hour. Store managers can avail of a starting annual salary of €55,000, rising to €80,000 for a five day, 45-hour week.

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No of jobs: 400
Job title: Retail
Jobs take effect: next 3 years