Aldi Ireland is planning to open four new stores over the next six months around the country, which will create 80 new jobs. 

The supermarket chain will open stores in Rathnew in Co Wicklow and Blanchardstown in Dublin in October and November respectively.

New stores in Dunshaughlin in Co Meath and Sutton in Co Dublin will then follow before the end of February next year.

Aldi said it is particulalry focused on working to double its footprint of stores within Dublin, adding to the 22 it already operates. 

It also confirmed that it will be resuming its Project Fresh store refurbishment programme from September, revamping nine Aldi stores before the end of February next year. 

Four Aldi stores received Project Fresh upgrades in early 2020, before the programme was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Aldi in Arklow will be the first store refurbished following the resumption, with work starting next month. 

The company employs over 4,000 people and operates a network of 143 stores across the country, with stores in each county here.