Will Aldi succeed where Sainsbury’s failed?

aldi2Aldi has announced that it is preparing proposals to redevelop the former Highways Depot site at Cromwell Park on Banbury Road.

The retailer intends to build what it calls a “vibrant new neighbourhood food store” on the site, saying that there is “currently no comparable discount food retailer” in the local area, and that the store would create up to 30 new jobs.

A spokesperson said,

“We are excited about the prospect of coming to Chipping Norton, as we are keen to offer the local community a genuine choice when completing their weekly food shopping.”

There will be a public consultation on Aldi’s plan before the retailer makes a formal planning application, with the aim being to consider community feedback before designs are finalised.

A public exhibition will be held to display the initial proposals and discuss the plans. This will be held over two days:

Friday 27 September at the Town Hall, between 3pm and 7.30pm

Saturday 28 September at the Methodist Church on West Street, between 10am and 2pm.

Residents requiring further information on the plans can call 0800 298 7040, which is a freephone number, or email feedback@consultation-online.co.uk.

Chippy currently has both a Co-operative store and a Sainsbury’s in the centre of town. Sainsbury’s put forward a plan for a new store on the vacant site next to Blissfield Gardens in 2011, but the plan was rejected.

At that time, there were concerns about an out-of-town supermarket diverting customers from the High Street, and about the use of the site for retail, when it had been earmarked for employment (although it is still currently being used as a parking area for Stagecoach buses rather than by businesses).

Watch this space to see whether Aldi’s plans – again for an out-of-town site – are more successful; and visit the public exhibition to find out more.

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