The opening of a new supermarket in Hebburn could trigger greater investment in the town, claim local councillors.
Cut-price supermarket chain Aldi has been given planning permission from South Tyneside Council to create a new store in Glen Street.
The ward’s three councillors are delighted with the approval and believe this development could mean the town will see more investment from the private sector in the future.
Not date has yet been set but building work must start within three years.
Coun Adam Ellison said: ‘I am delighted that planning permission has been granted for the new Aldi store.
“After major investment from South Tyneside Council in the area with the creation of Hebburn Central and the investment in the public realm, it is great to see this sort of commitment in our area from the private sector. Aldi will be a great asset to our town and I look forward to seeing the building works commence and the opening of the store.”
Coun Richard Porthouse says residents can’t wait for the store to be open.
He said: “I am over the moon that we are now rapidly seeing positive change in our town centre.
“It is great to see Hebburn changing through our regeneration programme – it is an excellent time to live here and I look forward to seeing more investment!
“All of the residents that I have spoken to are really excited about the store coming, it will completely change our town centre.’
Meanwhile, Mary Butler believes the new addition will trigger even more investment.
‘She added: “I am really pleased that Aldi has been granted permission by the planning committee to start their works in Hebburn Town Centre.
“It comes after many years of investment from South Tyneside Council and will trigger greater private sector investment in our town.”
The German company, which has more than 9,000 stores worldwide, will also be creating a free customer car park with 70 spaces.