Friday, August 16, 2013

News: Aldi interest confirmed

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After being revealed first on Rothbiz last month, discount food store Aldi has now committed to open a new store in Rotherham if plans are approved for a new development at Parkgate.

The land owner, Rotherham recycling experts, Ron Hull, has teamed up with Leeds-based developers, Gregory Projects to bring forward a potential retail development on the site of a former car showroom at Great Eastern Way.

An outline planning application has been submitted for a 16,000 sq ft discount food store together with 30,000 sq ft of additional retail and leisure facilities along with 194 car parking spaces.

With budget operators like Aldi, Gregory Projects is hoping to fill the gap in the current provision created when the nearby Netto store was taken over by ASDA. Gregory believes that the plan will also complement and significantly enhance the existing food and non-food provision for the local community. The site could also be home to a gym in the future.

The 3.87 acre site was remediated twelve months ago and has been vacant since.

Richard Tovey, director at Gregory Projects said; "Our plans propose to bring a redundant "key" site back into use after such a long while. It has been earmarked for mixed-use and our plans are in response to market demand.

"The occupiers that have expressed an interest will benefit Parkgate by enhancing the comparison shopping on offer. The scheme has good pedestrian links to the town centre and to an existing bus stop at Broad Street, which makes the site accessible to local residents and commuters alike."

The Leeds office of Colliers International is handling the planning process and Yorkshire based civil and structural engineers JPG is also appointed to the project. GVA in Leeds is advising Gregory Projects on the lettings and the Sheffield office of Knight Frank is acting for Ron Hull Jnr Limited.

A decision on the outline planning application is expected later this year.

Gregory Projects website

Images: Gregory Projects / The Harris Partnership

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