Aldi to try again for store on Harrogate retail park

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Budget supermarket chain, Aldi is giving the Harrogate Retail Park a second chance, and hoping to open in a former bed store unit they lost out on in 2010.

In 2008 planning permission was granted for the unit on the Oak Beck Retail Park, off Skipton Road, but in 2010 the owners of the retail park choose bed superstore Dreams instead.

The German owned supermarket brand has been expanding in recent years, increasing its UK sales by 29.4pc in the last quarter of 2013 and last year announced plans to open stores in both Ripon and Wetherby.

Food Writers Guild Member Ruth Badley said she thought the supermarket would be a welcome addition for Harrogate.

She said: “Here in Harrogate, I suspect an Aldi store would be a welcome option.

“I am a judge at the Quality Food Awards and each year I am impressed by the number of excellent and award winning products that are coming through from the ‘value’ supermarkets.

She added: “In a tough economic climate that is good news for consumers. Harrogate shoppers have much to gain from increased competition in this sector.”

Ms Badley tweeted about Aldi stating on their website it was ‘actively looking for a store’ in Harrogate and said she had a huge response from Twitter users to the plans.

A spokesperson for Aldi had said it was ‘very disappointed’ when the retail park opted for the Dreams bed store instead of the discount supermarket in 2010.

However the Dreams bed store has now closed down and site owners, Aviva Investments are again seeking planning permission for Aldi.

Developers Savills are also applying to extend the size of the shop by 436 square metres .

In their application to Harrogate Borough Council Savills said: “The discount sector of the grocery market has developed significantly over the last ten years, with particular growth in popularity recently as the UK has experienced an economic downturn,” and go on to say the store will create around 18 jobs.

Brian Dunsby, chief executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce said: “ I think the brand and the pricing of Aldi will be attractive.

“There has long been calls for a supermarket on the north side of Harrogate, and it will be convenient for people living at Jennyfields and Bilton who at the moment have to travel into town to do a supermarket shop.”

A spokesperson for Aldi refused to comment at this stage of the application




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