Lidl Ireland confirm plans to rebuild store looted and damaged in Dublin
The new store is expected to open in the summer.
Lidl Ireland has confirmed plans to rebuild its store in Fortunestown after it was looted and destroyed on 2 March during Storm Emma.
Following a damage assessment last week, the store was demolished in the interest of health and safety. However, Lidl said it plans to commence construction on the new store in "the coming weeks", with an opening expected to take place in late summer.
The initial concern surrounding the future of the store was that a number of employees would lose their jobs. Lidl was able to confirm that it would redeploy the staff to other branches, while a free shuttle bus to Whitestown Way, Tallaght, was introduced for regular customers unable to travel.
In total, six people were arrested after a stolen digger was used to bulldoze into the side of the store, which was subsequently looted, while criminals also attempted to break the premises' safe.
Commenting on the news, a spokesperson for the chain said: "We have been blown away by the level of support received from our loyal customer base in the Fortunestown area over the past few weeks.
"We recognise that our service and store team have been greatly missed by the local community over the past few weeks and the team look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers once the rebuild is complete."