Storm Emma: Tesco closes Irish stores and cancels deliveries as weather causes disruption

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And many other shops and supermarkets including Lidl and Aldi were also shut with Red weather warnings in place across much of Ireland until 6pm this evening.

Tesco will not be reopening its stores until tomorrow in response to the extreme weather.

The company tweeted: “All Tesco stores will remain closed today, Friday 2nd March due to the continued difficult weather conditions across the country.

“We have taken this decision in the interest of the safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers. Stores will re-open tomorrow Saturday, 3rd March.

Treacherous road conditions in Dublin

GETTYTreacherous road conditions in Dublin

“All grocery home shopping deliveries for Saturday, 3rd March have been cancelled due to the difficult driving conditions.

“We expect to resume home deliveries from Sunday 4th March, subject to weather conditions.”

Lidl’s Irish stores also remained shut this morning – although shop bosses were given some leeway to open in areas where ice and snow were less severe.

A spokeswoman explained: A spokeswoman said: “As of 11am on Friday, all our stores across the Republic of Ireland are closed due to the adverse weather conditions.

“In areas where ice and snowfall is less severe, regional management and our store teams will make the decision on reopening this afternoon if it is safe to do so.

“As the weather situation is ever changing, we advise our customers to consult our official Facebook page for updates on stores that will open later today.

“Again, we would like to thank each and every one of our team for the extreme hard work they have put in over the past few days, shipping products from our warehouses and serving thousands of extra customers across the country.

“As always we will continue to actively monitor the situation as it evolves with colleague and customer safety always in mind.”

The company’s Facebook page will keep customers updated, she said.

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Bare shelves in a branch of Dunnes Stores in Dublin on Tuesday

Aldi was planning to reopen some stores today, with an update due later.

The company tweeted “We are continuing to monitor the ongoing weather situation very closely. We will provide an update early this afternoon on which of our stores will reopen later today and which will remain closed for the day.”

Irish retail chain Dunnes Stories reopened shops in Northern Ireland at 1pm – but all stores in the Republic remain closed.

The company wrote on its Facebook page: “Due to the updating of the weather advisory stores in all Dunnes Stores in Northern Ireland will reopen at 1pm on Friday 2 March.

“We will continue to monitor the weather situation and any updates will be posted on Facebook and 

“We sincerely apologise for any confusion caused to customers and staff.”