New jobs to follow Aldi store proposal by Jomast

Some 30 new jobs could be created at an Aldi store as part of new plans proposed by Jomast

Plans to build a new Aldi food store are being proposed on the site of Armstrong House in Washington
Plans to build a new Aldi food store are being proposed on the site of Armstrong House in Washington

Property development company Jomast is proposing a multi-million pound investment to build a new food store in the North East, potentially creating up to 30 new permanent jobs.

The plans put forward by the firm centre on Washington and could well create further construction and spin-off employment.

The proposals would see several million pounds of investment ploughed into the local community to redevelop the former 1970’s office building at Armstrong Industrial Estate, significantly enhancing the choice of food retailing available to local residents and businesses on the north side of Washington.

Aldi opened its first store in the UK in 1990 and now operates 500 across the country, 33 of which are in the North East.

As part of a consultation event, members of the public are being invited to view the proposals, put forward their opinions and support the plans at an open event.

The event takes place from 2pm to 7pm tomorrow, Thursday, September 11 at The Albany Centre, formerly the Bridge Family Centre, in Albany, Washington. Representatives from both Stockton-based Jomast and Aldi will be at the consultation event.

The multimillion pound proposals include demolition of the existing office building in order to create a new, modern and dedicated 18,277sqft food store with customer parking area, landscaping, servicing and access areas.

The redevelopment will complement Aldi’s existing store at The Galleries Retail Park and bring the vacant site back into productive use.

The proposed site plan for a new Aldi store, put forward by Jomast
The proposed site plan for a new Aldi store, put forward by Jomast
 

Jomast development director Graham Wilson said: “Armstrong House has been vacant for some time and considerable research carried out clearly demonstrated that there was no interest in either reoccupation of the building or further redevelopment for office use.

“Therefore, the proposals that we have put forward will bring an important site back into use, provide a much enhanced retail provision to local residents and create many new employment opportunities for the local community.

“We hope that residents will get behind the scheme and put forward any comments or suggestions at the consultation event.”

Subject to the outcome of the planned community consultation, Jomast anticipates that a planning application for Armstrong House will be submitted in October 2014.

Aldi opened its first store in the UK in 1990 and now operates 500 across the country, 33 of which are in the North East.

The plans come three months after Jomast put forward proposals for a new residential development aimed at enhancing the long term future of both Hexham Golf Club and Tynedale Athletic Association.

Plans include the construction of luxury and affordable family homes on land at Eilansgate, Hexham – a 1.9 hectare site it plans to develop sensitively to include residential dwellings as well as create new public open spaces.

The firm said the Hexham plans will create new employment opportunities and go some way to alleviate the current housing shortage in the local area, while also will ensuring the future success of the clubs.

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