Clare County Council have stated that the proposal would not seriously injure amenities or property in the vicinity and was in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
With stores already in Ennis and Kilrush, Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd will now increase its amount of stores in the country to one-hundred. The retail impact assessment lodged with the proposal estimated that the annual turnover of the new store would be €9m, stating that there is currently more than a €21.7m surplus of convenience expenditure annually.
February 2014 saw Clare Marts Ltd sell the site used for the mart at Ennistymon to Aldi Stores Ireland Ltd for a figure in the region of €1.5 million. A number of sales pitches had been made to purchase the site in recent years with Clare Marts declining all offers. In the period from 2008 to February 2014, fifteen sales took place at the Ennistymon Mart.
Speaking last year, Clare Marts Chairman, Martin McNamara revealed that almost €20,000 was spent upgrading Ennistymon Mart, which was three times more than other sites. This figure was in addition to previous investment in Ennistymon and other local marts.
There has been some anger after the construction was given the green-light. The Save Ennistymon Mart Committee was among eight objectors and they are one of those who have now confirmed that they will appeal the Council’s decision to An Bord Pleanala. Former Mayor of Clare, Flan Garvey was another objector, he previously stated that the founders of the Ennistymon Mart would turn in their graves if they heard of the initial sale. The bid is also opposed by a group of farmers in the area.
An Bord Pleanala is now expected to receive submissions on the case in the coming weeks, and a decision will be announced in the next few months.