Hebburn councillors say they are delighted to see investment in the town after a major supermarket chain announced it will begin construction on a new store next year.
Aldi is set to break ground in the town’s Glen Street in 2017.
Plans for the store were approved last year and supermarket bosses now say that preliminary preparations are underway.
Coun Adam Ellison, a Labour representative for the Hebburn North wars, said: “It’s excellent news that Aldi have confirmed that they will start construction on their new store in our town centre next year following the completion of exploration works on the site.
“The store will be an asset to our town, coming on the back of the major investment from South Tyneside Council in the form of Hebburn Central and improvements to our public realm.
“The people of Hebburn deserve investment in their town centre from the private sector. I’m delighted that Aldi will be coming to Hebburn.”
Coun John McCabe, a Labour representative for the Hebburn South ward, added: “It’s encouraging that businesses are coming to Hebburn, that’s what we want.
“We want plenty of stores for people to be able to go to and businesses should be looking at Hebburn and the number of new properties and realising they should be coming here.”
An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are currently completing preliminary site preparations ahead of beginning construction next year.
“We will keep the local community updated on developments.”
The German company, which has more than 9,000 stores worldwide, will be redeveloping land off Glen Street, which will also see a free customer car park with 70 spaces being created. It was given the go-ahead by South Tyneside Council’s planning committee.
The plans received a very positive response when they were unveiled at a public exhibition in July, last year.
More than 97% of all feedback received from the local community has been in support of the proposal.