Friday, June 19, 2015

News: New Rotherham Aldi delayed


The opening of a new Rotherham Aldi store has been delayed.

Britain's fastest growing grocer secured planning permission last year for a 1,000 sq m store on land currently occupied by lighting and conservatory retail units on Bawtry Road at Bramley. The new store is not now expected to open until next year.

Aldi said at the time the plans were submitted that the store could create 40 jobs and that the "proposal will enable the investment that is required to redevelop the site and meet the Council's aspirations to deliver growth and environmental improvements in Bramley centre through a provision of a foodstore which is promoted in the Council's emerging planning policy."

Local borough councillors are urging Aldi to commence on site having been told by the firm that, due to the pressures of their rapidly expanding business, work is not expected to be completed until sometime next year.

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: "A few months ago I met Aldi's regional bosses at their new distribution centre in Goldthorpe and heard about their plans to expand across Yorkshire and recruit locally.

"I was impressed by their commitment to our area so it is disappointing that the store in Bramley seems to have stalled.

"I'm joining councillors in putting pressure on Aldi to make the site safe and secure without delay.

"We also want them to know how keen residents are for the new store to open. Local people were really pleased to hear about Aldi coming, but now they're worried about safety and the site is becoming an eyesore."

The next Aldi store to open in Rotherham will be at the new retail development on the site of the former car showroom on Great Eastern Way. Plans have been amended for proposed new Aldi stores in Maltby and Fence.

The UK arm of the German retailer now has over 500 stores, having not had any before 1990.

Aldi website

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