Donal Byrne LIDL store manager and Mayor Pio Smith presenting a cheque to Aileen Emery and Ann Tracy of the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre at the re-opening of the LIDL store at Donore Road, Drogheda. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.
The Lidl store at Donore Road, Drogheda was re-opened following a total re-build, yesterday by the newly elected Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr. Plo Smith.
The new store features a number of eco-friendly characteristics which will reduce its environmental impact. These include a natural refrigeration system, ED lighting and sustainably sourced wooden building materials.
Among other sustainable attributes, the site also features free electric vehicle charging stations for customers. Irish start-up Airsynergy, based In Longford, partnered with Lidl on the project by supplying renewable, solar and wind powered car park lighting,
This is the first Lidl store in the country with many of these impressive new features and is part of ongoing efforts by the retailer to meet the many targets set out in their Origin Green sustainability plan.
Alan Barry, Director of Property and Central Services said;"Lidl is committed to reducing its environmental across all of its operations. From working with Carbon Trust on its overall climate strategy to increasing its store efficiency
Lidl are always keen to support local companies and build long term relationships with our suppliers and as Such we were delighted to trial the solar and wind lighting technology with AirSynergy."
The improved energy and environmental impact of the store and the sustainable features also optimise comfort levels for employees and customers. The building management system automatically controls the building environment based on live conditions and will detect store
temperatures to automatically adjust heating accordingly.
The store’s manager Donal Byrne, said: "We are thrilled to reopen our store in Drogheda, the new architectural design and spacious store layout means that we can offer our customers a greater shopping experience while also reducing our overall impact on the environment.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers bock into the score and hope to see many customers availing of the free car charging, I am also delighted that we have been able to add 15 new employees into the Lidl team in Drogheda".
Mayor Pio Smith, Deirdre Ryan head of Corporate hospitality at Lidl, and Senator Ged Nash at the re-opening of the LIDL store at Donore Road, Dogheda. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.