Council bosses have moved to quash rumours that supermarket giant Aldi is pulling out of building a planned store in Hebburn.
Preliminary work on the site, they say, is continuing.
We are currently completing preliminary site preparationsAldi spokesman
South Tyneside Council’s regeneration manager Harry Alder gave the pledge on behalf of the company during a recent meeting of Hebburn Community Forum.
The statement came after incorrect information had been passed to a resident regarding work to bring the new store to the town.
He said the company is making “good progress” with its preparation work.
Incorrect information had been given which had led to rumours that the store was no longer going to built.
He added: “I have been asked to quash that rumour, with the company highlighting the amount of money they have spent in the past two to three months doing preliminary work”
Plans for the new cut-price supermarket store in Glen Street were passed by the council’s planning committee in 2015 and received a positive response from local people.
An Aldi spokesman said: “We are currently completing preliminary site preparations ahead of beginning construction next year. We will keep the community updated on developments.”
The German company has more than 9,000 stores worldwide. The site will also see a free customer car park with 70 spaces being created.