Video footage showed a digger being used to partially destroy the building

German supermarket chain Lidl is to build a "new and improved" store in Fortunestown after the outlet was badly damaged during the recent snowy weather.

Video footage showed a digger being used to partially destroy the building during Storm Emma on Friday March 2nd.

The outlet was also allegedly looted during the incident.

Lidl has previously confirmed its plans to demolish the rest of the building and, in a statement this afternoon, announced that construction of a new store will begin in the coming weeks.

The outlet is expected to be open by late September.

The statement from Lidl Ireland said: " We have been blown away by the level of support received from our loyal customer base in the Fortunestown area over the past few weeks."

"We recognise that our service and store team have been greatly missed by the local community over the past few weeks and the team look forward to welcoming back our loyal customers once the rebuild is complete."