Aldi supermarket plans for Wetherby

Supermarket chain Aldi have announced plans to open a store in Wetherby and say they will create up to 30 new jobs in the area, the News can reveal.

The discount food store want to open a branch close to Wetherby town centre and are currently looking for potential sites for a store before submitting a planning application.

A spokesman for Aldi told the News this week: “Aldi has being looking to deliver a premium discount foodstore in Wetherby for some time.

“There is currently no comparable discount food operator in the town, with the nearest Aldi store currently in Leeds.

“A new Aldi in Wetherby would offer an important opportunity to increase local choice and deliver up to 30 new jobs.

The spokesman added that Aldi were currently “considering a number of sites close to the town centre” but were not yet “in a position to announce further details”.

“Once a site is confirmed, Aldi will consult with the local community prior to submitting a planning application.”

Mayor of Wetherby, Coun Alan Lamb, said he would support a discount supermarket in the town centre if a suitable site was found.

He said: “It is clear that a lot of people would like some choice and some competition for Morrisons. If a suitable town centre site is found I would support it.

“Everybody would like cheaper shopping but I think a key priority is to keep Wetherby the historic market town that it is.”

He added that a current Neighbourhood Plan consultation would assess whether residents believed there was a need for a low-cost shopping option in the town.

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 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 Leeds City Council last year.

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