Aldi check out Wetherby site

Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store planned for the former Vauxhall dealership in Wetherby. (S)
Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store planned for the former Vauxhall dealership in Wetherby. (S)
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Supermarket chain Aldi is working on plans to redevelop the former Wetherby Nidd Vale car showroom.

Bosses at the discount food retailer said they are aiming to create a new neighbourhood food store at the Sandbeck Lane site and with it create up to 30 new jobs.

A spokesman said: “We believe the proposed site offers an important opportunity to deliver a much-needed premium discount food store to the town and increase local choice.

“A new Aldi situated close to the town centre will help to keep spend local, reducing the need for residents to travel out of Wetherby to complete their weekly shopping needs due to current lack of shopping choice.”

“Delivering an Aldi in Wetherby would bridge the gap in the market for a deep- discount retailer with Aldi prices on average around 30 per cent lower than that of most supermarkets, without compromising on quality.”

The Wetherby News revealed in June that they firm was looking to open a store in the town and that it was seeking a suitable site.

The news follows two years of supermarket interest in Wetherby, with proposals for a 24-hour Asda superstore on land near Sandbeck Lane turned down by Leeds councillors in May.

Plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket at the former Ramada Jarvis hotel site on the edge of Wetherby were also refused by the City Council last year.

Wetherby trader Nish Kanabar, of Castlegate Stationers, ran campaigns against the Sainsbury and Asda plans but said he would not be leading any such drive this time. “There is a difference with this application – Aldi are a retailer that will sell anything they can get a deal on.

“Their primary targets will be Morrisons, Js, M&S and Co-op, then this will filter down to the town centre stores likes Johnsons, Andrews Butchers, Lawlers fish shops and the bakers.

“Personally I don’t want another multiple in Wetherby, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the good people of Wetherby to decide and Leeds planners.

Before submitting a planning application to Leeds City Council, the firm will hold a public exibition in the Town hall on Tuesday, 3pm-7pm, to seek people’s views.

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