Thursday, July 18, 2013

News: Aldi check out Parkgate for new store


New plans show that global discount supermarket chain, Aldi is hoping to take the anchor unit at a proposed new retail development in Parkgate, Rotherham.

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, drawn up by architects, The Harris Partnership, has now been submitted that shows that Aldi is planning to occupy the 16,000 sq ft unit in the proposed development. Three further retail units are planned, two of 10,000 sq ft and one of 7,500 sq ft, with a 2,000 sq ft drive thru restaurant, potentially a KFC, also part of the scheme.

The proposed development would create an estimated 50 jobs.

The applicants are hoping to secure permission that would allow one of the three additional units to have unrestricted retail use and so could accommodate the sale of convenience goods and be occupied by a second discount food retailer, whilst the remaining two units would be restricted to non-food goods.

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.

Germany-based Aldi announced last year that it is planning to invest £181m in the opening of 40 new stores by the end of 2013, taking its total number of UK stores to over 500. Recent openings in Rotherham include Manvers, Dinnington and Eastwood.

200 parking spaces are included in the plans for the vacant site and pedestrian linkages to Parkgate town centre are being considered.

Although a retail proposal outside of the main town centre goes against national planning policy guidelines, the applicants hope to secure permission due to the evidence base and the Council's emerging Core Strategy both identifying a need to enhance the comparison goods offer of Parkgate town/district centre, which is stated to be in need of regeneration and enhancement.

Analysis as part of the application indicates that the proposed development would have the biggest impact on the nearby ASDA and Farm Foods stores on Broad Street and the Morrissons store at Parkgate Shopping, in terms of drawing trade away from food retailers.

For non-food comparison goods, the analysis shows that trade is most likely to be drawn away from Parkgate Shopping with the level of impact on Rotherham town centre not amounting to a significant adverse impact.

Any adverse impact on Parkgate is considered to be off set by the improved retail offer and new parking provision created by the proposed development.

Gregory Projects website

Images: Gregory Projects / The Harris Partnership


Anonymous,  January 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM  

When do you start building. Am interested in working for aldi.

Anonymous,  January 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM  

Why build this store here and then close/sell Manvers Way site which already provides a good outlet with competition/ provision not as close as here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous,  April 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM  

Who mentioned closing Manvers Store?

Anonymous,  August 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM  

How do you apply for jobs at New aldi store in parkgate

sharron September 22, 2015 at 6:12 AM  

What date does the new aldi open

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