Thirty new jobs are set to be created after a major supermarket chain announced plans to build a discount food store in South Tyneside.
But before Aldi submits a planning application to redevelop land in Glen Street, Hebburn, the company wants to know what townsfolk think of the proposal.
Store will add vitality and viability to HebburnAldi spokesman
And a public exhibition to outline plans for the multi-million pound development is to be held at the town’s St Aloysius Church in Prince Consort Road a week on Wednesday, July 15, from 3pm to 7pm.
News of the proposed new store comes hot on the heels of the recent unveiling of the Hebburn Central library and swimming pool.
A spokesperson for Aldi said the proposed store, on land previously occupied by the Glen Court and Kensington Court flats, would add to the town’s “vitality and viability”.
He added: “We are excited about the prospect of a new store for residents in Hebburn.
“The proposal would deliver investment and create much-needed jobs for the local area.
“We would like to encourage the local community to find out more about the proposal and discuss it with the project team at our public exhibition.
“If residents have any questions in the meantime, they can call our Freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040.
“The store has been carefully designed to ensure it sits comfortably within the site and positively contributes to the appearance of the surrounding area.
“Attractive landscaping will also surround the development in order to enhance the appearance of this area of Hebburn.
“Unlike other larger retailers, Aldi has a unique offering and does not act as a one-stop shop.
“Instead, Aldi is known for encouraging linked trips between its stores and other businesses in the local area.
“The proposed store would complement the existing pattern of trade in Hebburn, adding to the vitality and viability of the local area.”
Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council said: “I am delighted that this major retailer has shown its firm commitment to Hebburn.
“Only a matter of weeks ago we were celebrating the opening of the multi million pound Hebburn Central facility and now Aldi’s decision to invest in Hebburn Town Centre proves that we are moving in the right direction to bring jobs and opportunities to local people.
“A new high-quality supermarket building and associated landscaped car parking areas on the corner of Station Road and Glenn Street could contribute to the physical transformation of Hebburn Town Centre and create a strong gateway into the town centre.”
“This is an important day for Hebburn and it is important that local people have their say. I’d encourage local people to take part in the consultation.”