Clare Marts’ Ennistymon site reportedly sold to Aldi supermarkets in ¤1.5m deal
CLARE MARTS are reported to have s ol d t heir f aci l i ty in Ennistymon to the Aldi supermarket chain for a price reported to be in the region of €1.5m.
The deal, which was understood to be under negotiation for some time now, was said to have been signed off at last week’s board meeting despite the best efforts of local farmers to keep the mart open.
Both Aldi and Clare Marts would make no comment on the matter when contacted by the Farming Independent.
It is believed that Clare Marts intend to keep Ennistymon operating until the new buyers get planning clearance for a ‘change of use’ for the site.
This may take up to two years, with possible planning objections from a variety of supermarket and shopping interests in the north Clare area.
Clare ISMSA secretary Pat O’Donoghue told the Farming Independent this week that the sale would adversely affect north Clare farmers who have supported the mart since its foundation in the early 1960s.
Local farmers mounted a silent protest at the last Clare Mart board meeting called to consider the sale of the premises and have campaigned vigorously to keep the mart open.
“At its height some 284 local farmers, mainly producing AI weanlings, used the mart,” Pat O’Donoghue said.
“There is resentment about the way the matter was handled. There was no public tender notice and no information process for local farmers,” he claimed.
Clare Marts operates a number of sales outlets including Kilrush and Kilfenora.