Tesco Ireland has been accused by Lidl for being a constant objector to its future plans of expanding business network across the region. In fact, Tesco has lodged an appeal against Lidl securing permission from An Bord Pleanala for a new store in Drogheda, Co Louth. But the planning board has now given Lidl the permission to go ahead with the Drogheds plan; against a double planning reversal of Tesco. In addition to that the planning board had also given the green light for a new project of Aldi at Leixlip in Co Kildare which also is opposed by Tesco.
Tesco now has lodged fresh appeals with the board against two other Lidl projects, one in Ardee Co Louth and the other Edenderry in Co Offaly. In an another plea to the board Lidl requested to consider the appeal vexatious, anti-competitive, frivolous and intentionally motivated. In reply to that Tesco Ireland stated that it does not agree that the appeal is frivolous or vexatious. Analysing Lidl’s charge that the appeal by Tesco is frivolous, the inspector stated that according to her knowledge the appeal is not made with the sole intention of delaying the development.
During 2014 & 2015, Tesco had lodged six appeals against the discount retailers and came out with flying colours on four occasions when planning were reused in Bailleborough, Co Cavan; Cork City; Kildare town and Malahide in Dublin. In the past three years, Lidl & Aldi’s total business share has grown by 7% to a combined 23% at a cot to the larger players in the business sector.