Aldi opens new Youghal “Project Fresh” store creating 20 new jobs

Niamh O Mahoney and Edie Barry.

Aldi has increased its presence in East Cork with the opening of its latest “Project Fresh” store in Youghal.  A total of 20 new jobs have been created at the new store.


Featuring Aldi’s exciting award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 1,140m², 73 free car parking spaces, wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings.


Bringing great quality fresh Irish products and fantastic value to customers, the new Youghal store is Aldi’s 23rd store in Co. Cork. Aldi now has a total of 135 stores in Ireland.


Aldi’s Co. Cork stores are deeply involved with their local communities, donating surplus food daily to local charitable organisations as part of Aldi’s partnership with FoodCloud.  Aldi’s Cork stores have donated over 230,000 meals to charity through FoodCloud, saving local charities more than €313,000.


The new store is part of Aldi’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. Aldi has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores by the end of 2019, while Project Fresh sees Aldi invest a further €60m in revamping the layout and design of all its 135 stores nationwide.


Speaking at the store opening, Michael Walsh, Store Manager of Aldi’s new Youghal store said, “The opening of Aldi Youghal is great news for local shoppers as we have the best grocery prices in Ireland. Our Swap and Save campaign launched in May and the goal of this campaign is to remind shoppers about the saving that can be generated by swapping their weekly shop to Aldi”.


“The spacious award winning Project Fresh design of our new store makes for an easy and enjoyable shop”.


According to the most recent survey of fresh meat in Irish supermarkets, Aldi sells the highest proportion of fresh Irish meat labelled with the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Mark. Bord Bia’s Retail Audit on the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Mark found that 85% of Aldi’s fresh meat range displayed the Quality Assurance Mark, giving Aldi the highest ranking of the nine supermarkets and convenience store chains surveyed.


Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores.  The Grow with Aldi supplier development programme resulted in 38 of Ireland’s most innovative food and drinks suppliers being listed in Aldi’s 135 stores. Aldi also recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for suppliers that transact up to €300k annually with Aldi.