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News: Aldi puts Rotherham store up for sale

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Could Aldi be checking out of its store in Rotherham that is only ten years old?

Despite being Britain's fastest growing grocer, the German discount retailer has recently put its Eastwood store up for sale.

The supermarket, which currently has over 900 stores, plans to open on average a new store every week over the coming years as it targets 1,200 stores by 2025.

But commercial property agents, Lamb & Swift have now been instructed to advertise the store on Fitzwilliam Road as being for sale and to let.

The 15,080 sq ft unit was built on the former Matthewman's car showroom with work starting in 2011.

The modern retail unit, which is on a site with an area of 1.7 acres and has 78 car parking spaces, has been made available by way of a new lease or for sale with asking prices only available on application.

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It is not clear what Aldi's motive is for putting the Rotherham store up for sale but Lamb & Swift are currently working for Aldi to sell former stores in Altrincham, Rhyl, Tyldesley (near Wigan), and Leyland in Lancashire, where the supermarket has moved to larger or newer premises nearby.

In 2019, rival discount chain Lidl, opened a 23,000 sq ft store on the site of the former Dalton Progressive Working Men's Club, just over a mile away. The Eastwood site is also located between large Tesco and Asda stores, as well as being close to Iceland and Heron Foods outlets.

Since the Eastwood store opened, Aldi has gone on to open Rotherham stores at Parkgate, Bramley, Maltby and Swallownest.

The company is investing £500m in new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and its supply chain in 2021. Aldi recently announced it would spend an additional £3.5bn a year with British suppliers by 2025 as part of its expansion plans.

Aldi regularly publishes its property requirements but no areas of Rotherham are in the latest update.

Aldi website

Images: Lamb & Swift

5 comments:

Anonymous,  July 13, 2021 at 9:21 PM  

Not enough room for all those these supermarkets!

Anonymous,  July 13, 2021 at 9:44 PM  

From the opening, it never seemed to do that well it is popular with the local community but failed to attract people from outside that. The one at Park Street is more popular even though it is smaller,the site maybe more suited to an Asian/EastEuropean based supermarket offering a better selction of food.The day may come when we fall out of love with shopping at Aldi and want a different shopping experince with more choice and a more leisurely shop.

Anonymous,  July 14, 2021 at 9:22 AM  

I think the location in Eastwood is off putting to people who don’t live there.

Mr T,  July 14, 2021 at 12:21 PM  

It's be a shame to see this store close as it's my preferred weekly shop. I'm guessing it's doing ok, but not the huge volume throughput that Aldi aggressively demand. Aldi need to understand that store situated near major arterial roads and motorways or those within earshot of a retail centre are expected to be busier than those situated between Tesco and Asda. The staff at this store, apart from 3, could do with a personality upgrade too. It's not a crime to smile and have a happy demeanor with customers.

Anonymous,  July 14, 2021 at 2:52 PM  

Yes, I agree the location of Eastwood is a problem like the Lidl at Darnall it does not attract people from outside the area so can never reach its full potential.

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