WORK is due set to start on the new Aldi supermarket in Newton Aycliffe later this month.
The new store is to be built at Greenwell Road and is the latest phase in Freshwater’s plans to regenerate the Aycliffe Shopping Centre.
Construction of the store will take approximately eight months. The development incorporates additional parking for 74 cars and will open up a new entrance route to the Aycliffe Shopping Centre.
Local MP Phil Wilson has been very supportive of the proposed development. He said: “This is good news for Newton Aycliffe. We’ve waited a long time for this day but I’ve always been confident it would come and I’m looking forward to further improvements.
“The creation of 15 new jobs on the town is more than welcome.”
Centre manager Bryan Haldane said: “Local shoppers and retailers are really looking forward to the new store opening and expect that Aldi will provide much-needed competition for the existing Tesco in the town centre”.
Andrew Thomson at Freshwater said “The £1.5m development marks another milestone in the regeneration of the town centre following the recent opening of a Wilkinsons store and the relocation of the library.”
The new development will also provide the impetus for the subsequent regeneration of Beveridge Way in 2013 following grant of planning consent for the £2m public realm improvement scheme.
Bowmer& Kirkland have been appointed to carry out the Aldi development which is being project managed for Freshwater by GVA.
Smith Price and Bisham Asset Management advised Freshwater whilst Latham Proctor advised Aldi.