A major retailer’s plan to move into Hebburn town centre is the “fruition of a long journey”, a senior councillor said today.
Aldi is planning to submit a planning application to redevelop land in Glen Street.
The move would create 30 jobs, and a public consultation over the multi-million pound development is to be held at the town’s St Aloysius Church, in Prince Consort Road, on Wednesday, July 15, from 3pm to 7pm.
The move follows years of frustration over thwarted plans to develop Hebburn’s outmoded 1960s town centre.
That included the collapse of talks between council bosses and retail giants Tesco and Asda over the creation of a new supermarket in the Newtown.
But recent developments suggest the town centre’s regeneration is picking up speed, particularly with the recent opening of the Hebburn Central swimming pool and library.
It’s a positive move for the townCoun John McCabe
Today Coun John McCabe, who represents Hebburn South for Labour, hailed the retailer’s arrival.
He said: “It has been a long time coming but the residents of Hebburn asked for us to provide them with a major retailer and that is now going to be a reality.
“Aldi was retailer of the year last year and it is also a very cost-effective company. It’s a good move for the town and the fruition of a long journey.
“Aldi is a popular retailer, I shop in the one in Pelaw myself and the company wouldn’t be coming to Hebburn if it didn’t think there was a profit to be made. With the demolition of Westmorland Court for new housing the redevelopment of the town centre is far from over.”
Reaction to the supermarket’s arrival has also been largely positive on the Gazette’s website.
Katie Masoodi wrote: “This is brilliant news, just what we need in Hebburn, at present we only have the Asda mini-market, so I think this will keep people shopping in Hebburn rather than having to go further afield.”
Susan Murdock added: “I’d love it. I go to the Pelaw one all the time.”
Lynne Hirst wrote: “I’d rather have a Lidl, more well-known brands.”