ALDI has confirmed plans to redevelop the former Peugeot car dealership on Weyhill Road in Andover into a new neighbourhood foodstore.
ALDI is proposing to replace the former car dealership into the latest generation ALDI store. Approximately 90 car parking spaces are set out as part of the plans, including disabled and parent and child parking, with access to the site from Weyhill Road.
Lee McCandless, Property Director at ALDI, said: “ALDI’s business is thriving and we are expanding across the country to satisfy increased customer demand. We currently have more than 500 ALDI stores nationwide and as part of our growth programme, want to invest in Andover to complement our highly successful existing stores in Winchester, Romsey and Newbury. It has been a target for us for a long time.”
The proposed store will increase food shopping choice locally by adding competition to Asda and Tesco who are already represented in the town.
Lee continued: ‘‘ALDI are long-term investors in the communities we serve. Our investment will bring ALDI’s famous low-cost offer to Andover, create new jobs, increase shopping choice and strengthen the town’s retail offer, all of which are good news. We are pleased with the early feedback we have received on the proposals and look forward to hearing more views from the public on our application’’.
As part of the planning process, ALDI is issuing a leaflet to Andover residents on the plans ahead of submitting a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council.
Subject to achieving planning permission, ALDI will move quickly to redevelop the site and is looking to have the store open and trading by spring 2016. If the store is granted permission, ALDI will start recruiting for the new store roles six weeks ahead of store opening.
ALDI was recently voted the UK’s top supermarket by Which? for the second year running as well as ‘Grocer of the Year’ at The Grocer Gold Awards.
Click to open promotional leaflet for Andover’s new store