Aldi Irish coup German discount chain Aldi has scored a planning coup by winning permission to open its ninth Irish store in a retail park in Dublin's suburb of Coolock. Traditionally, Irish planners have opposed the siting of food shops in retail parks. However, in granting permission for the new Aldi outlet the Irish Planning Board accepted it could be defined as a neighbourhood store, rather than a supermarket. "The proposed development," said the board's ruling, "would improve choice and competition within the retail sector." The size of the new store will be 8,000 sq ft, in line with Aldi's other Irish outlets. {{NEWS }}