Lidl to redevelop old AO Smith factory and open store in 2021
Lidl are to begin redeveloping the old AO Smith site in Bray in June of 2020 – almost 15 after the factory closed its doors.
The supermarket giant first applied for planning in 2016 but following several objections, permission was only granted by Wicklow County Council in January 2018 and it is expected to open in early 2021.
According to the planners report, the expected turnover of the supermarket is €9.8m per year while the site will also include office space and parking, with the demolition of the existing industrial premises with access from the Killarney Road side.
“The AO Smith site on the Boghall Road has unfortunately lain derelict since 2005 when the factory closed with a loss of 140 jobs, ” Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady said.
“The new Lidl store is the first phase of the redevelopment of the AO Smith site. No planning application has been submitted for the remainder of the site. There is residential zoning on it that could accommodate 120 apartments.”
AO Smith was an electric motors manufacturing plant in Bray for 29 years and there have been complaints of anti-social activity at the site in the intervening years, included a fire in 2014.