Aldi application set to be state of the art

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A global supermarket chain has lodged a fresh planning application to open up a new state of the art store in Peterhead.

Aldi has applied to build two modern retail units at the Kirkburn Mill site on Kirk Street which they have owned for several years.

Robert Stoddart, Property Director for Aldi Stores, said: ”We are very excited at the prospect, after years of delay, to be bringing forward these proposals.

The site is bigger than Aldi requires and has its own challenges, but the time is now right to bring forward an application for the foodstore.”

The first phase of the planning application seeks permission to build an 18,000 square foot Aldi foodstore.

The application also seeks approval for a second phase which will see a 10,000 square foot retail unit built on the site.

It has not yet been decided what company will take over the second property.

Mr Stoddart said: “Although there is no named operator for the second unit at the moment, we have been in discussions with a number of interested parties who are attracted to trading next to Aldi.”

The application comes after many months discussion between Aldi bosses and Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department as they tried to agree the scope and detailed elements of the layout and design of the submission.

If the application is approved Aldi would look to open its doors in two years time.

Mr Stoddart said: “If our application is successful, we would hope to have the store trading during 2017.”

The new supermarket would bring 35 new local jobs plus further retail and construction work.

The flats currently on the Kirkburn Mill site will have to be removed as the development cannot go forward with them in place but the company have said that they will, “Try and utilise the pink granite.”