Wednesday, November 27, 2013

News: Aldi submit plans for Swallownest store

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Aldi, Britain's fastest growing grocer, has submitted plans for a new store on council-owned land at Swallownest in Rotherham.

The 1,000 sq m store is proposed on land at Sheffield Road between Swallownest and Fence, a development plot as part of the wider Aston Manor estate which was developed for residential purposes in the late 1990s.

The site is identified for retail development in the borough's unitary development plan but development did not come forward as part of the residential applications. The council has continued to market the application site for retail development for some time and it is now under offer.

The plans show the store positioned to the south west of the 2.4 acre site, with 100 car parking spaces located to the north west under the electricity pylons. Following a traditional ALDI format store, the development will use glazing to provide an expansive customer entrance and hard and soft landscaping works to improve the environmental quality of the site and general streetscene.

The proposed store will create up to 35 full and part time jobs. It is also anticipated that up to 200 job opportunities will be created at the construction phase.

Plans submitted by The Harris Partnership for Aldi state that: "The proposals will develop an unkempt development site and in its place will provide a viable economic use that will bring spin-off benefits for the wider community including 30-35 local employment opportunities.

"The proposals are intended to enhance local choice and competition for convenience goods and help to improve expenditure retention within the catchment area."

The UK arm of Germany-based Aldi was reported to have made a pretax profit of £157.9m in the year to December 31 2012, up from £70.5m in 2011, as sales increased 40.6% to £3.89 billion.

Aldi announced last year that it is planning to invest £181m in the opening of 40 new stores by the end of 2013 and recently opened its 500th UK store. Recent openings in Rotherham include Manvers, Dinnington and Eastwood.

Across Rotherham, the discount retailer is planning to take the anchor unit at a proposed new retail development in Parkgate.

Aldi website

Images: The Harris Partnership / Aldi

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