ALDI has been given permission by Test Valley Borough Council to redevelop the former Peugeot car dealership on Weyhill Road in Andover into a new neighbourhood foodstore.
There are a list of 25 conditions in the permission, asking ALDI to submit further documentation regarding demolition of the current building, landscaping, tree preservation, archaeological work, travel routes, drainage and parking.
The conditions also include the need for ALDI to install an acoustic barrier on the East side of the site and instructions on opening times, refuse collection and the use of outside lighting.
ALDI will 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 issued a leaflet to Andover residents on the plans ahead of submitting a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council.
ALDI will move quickly to redevelop the site and is looking to have the store open and trading by spring 2016. 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.