Thursday, 14th September 2023: Britain’s Got Talent Finalist and 14-year-old magician from Mornington, Co. Meath, Cillian O'Connor, joined the team at Lidl Bettystown today to officially open the new store. As customers eagerly anticipated the new state-of-the-art store in East Meath, Cillian captivated the audience with a moment-in-time magical performance to remember.
Speaking at the opening, Cillian O'Connor said:
"My family and I have been really excited for me to officially open our local Lidl store here in Bettystown. I've been working on my opening performance for the last few days. I love to make people smile and this morning I got to do that by sharing some magic with Lidl customers."
The new store has created 30 new jobs in Bettystown, which forms part of the Lidl’s overall commitment of 700 new roles in Ireland this year. Having first opened in the county in 2004 in Trim, Lidl Ireland has become a pillar of the Meath community and currently employs more than 140 people in the county across its stores in Ashbourne, Clonee, Trim, Dunshaughlin and Navan and now Bettystown.
The first ten customers in line this morning received complimentary vouchers to shop Lidl’s renowned range of high-quality products at affordable prices and huge savings on middle aisle favourites. The Lidl Bettystown store team also welcomed Pamela Brady and Edel O’Neill from East Coast Family Resource Centre to accept a donation of €1,000 in Lidl vouchers. Not only will this new Lidl store bring significant local investment and new jobs to the local community, in addition, it will bring more fundraising for local Ladies Gaelic Football clubs, schools and charity groups in the area.
Commenting on the new Bettystown store, Store Manager, Clara Cassidy said:
“We are delighted to finally open our doors to the Bettystown community. Cillian O’Connor’s performance really added to the fun and excitement of the morning. The team have been working very hard behind the scenes to get the store up and running, so it’s great to see all our hard work pay off with a successful opening. We look forward to welcoming the local community to experience our new store in East Meath and to enjoy the experience of shopping at Lidl, with larger aisles, increased natural lighting and our well-loved bakery with freshly baked breads and pastries available every day.”
Customers who arrived through the doors of the new Bettystown store this morning were also treated to instore coffee sampling by Lidl’s Westmeath supplier Galway Roast Coffee. Founder of Galway Roast Coffee, Niall Murphy started working with Lidl in 2018 through the retailer’s annual Kickstart Supplier Development Programme. Lidl have invested more than €8 million to date in its annual Kickstart Supplier Development Programme which gives small to medium sized Irish food and drink suppliers the opportunity to have their products sold in Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.
Lidl employs more than 6,000 people across its network of 179 stores and three regional distribution centres in the Republic of Ireland. For further information and to view our range of products and instore offers please visit www.lidl.ie