Limerick Shoppers check-out new Aldi store
Limerick bargainhunters came out in their droves last Thursday to check out the city's new Aldi store.
Over 70 people queued outside the shop - the company's 31st Irish store - in the grounds of the old Krups factory from 8.30am to be first to avail of the low-price offers.
This is the latest in a line of new stores in the area, including Dunnes Stores, Pizza Hut and Heaton's, amongst others at the Childers Road Retail Park.
The first Aldi-an abbreviation of Albrecht Discountopened in the Ruhr Valley over 40 years ago and the chain has now grown to over 5,000 stores in 13 countries around the world.
Opening offers at the store included a 20" LCD tv/dvd combi for €499.99, a slimline dvd player for €29.99, a steam geneator iron for €64.99 and a cement mixer for €199.99.
Karen O'Donnell from Shannon Banks, Corbally, was impressed with what she saw.
"Just from looking around now, I can see there is a huge range here, it has everything from fruit and veg to plants and ironing boards, all at very low prices. I would definitely make a trip out here again," she said.
Gunter Martin, a German who has been living in Limerick for 28 years, was first in line with his wife, Mary, this Thursday morning.
"We came here shortly after 8.30am, we were the first people into the new Aldi," said Gunter from Glasgow Park.
"The prices here are great, very reasonable. A store like this was badly wanted in Limerick. Their products are of very high quality, and it is great that we now have an extra choice here," he said.
Mary Ryan from Ennis Road said she would return to Aldi again.
"From what I can see, this shop has a great range. I have gone to Aldi in Ennis and my kids just love the pizza here, so I am heading straight for the pizza fridge," she laughed.
The company say they have plans for further expansion this year.
"Aldi offers the customer a carefully selected range of high quality exclusive own label brands at prices, on average, 30 per cent cheaper than the market. These discounted prices are guaranteed week-in, week-out," said an Aldi spokesman.