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Aldi shares plans to open second store in Ashford

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Original article from Kent Live

A budget supermarket has revealed plans to open a second store in Ashford in a bid to meet growing demand.

Aldi, which previously confirmed Ashford was a site it wanted to target, is eyeing up land on the Waterbrook Park estate – off Waterbrook Avenue.

The site would be located next to the Kent Chamber of Commerce and opposite Jaguar Land Rover.

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Outline permission for a supermarket had already been secured, but the tenant had remained a secret until now.

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The German supermarket believes the new store will create up to 50 jobs and provide 130 car parking spaces.

A leaflet setting out Aldi's plans. Photo: Aldi

A spokesperson from Aldi said: "As Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket, we are delighted to be consulting on our plans for a new Aldi in Waterbrook.

"Our proposals will bring more food choices for residents in Finberry and South Ashford, generate up to 50 new jobs (which Aldi will seek to recruit locally), and provide parking spaces for 130 cars, including eight accessible bays, ten dedicated family bays, and four electric vehicle charging spaces.

"You can view the proposals in more detail and leave feedback by visiting our website at https://aldiconsultation.co.uk/waterbrook."

Aldi added they "would love" for residents to share their thoughts on the scheme before Aldi submits a planning application to Ashford Borough Council, a leaflet from Aldi reads.

Currently, Aldi has a store located in the town centre along Victoria Road, "which is regularly overtrading and drawing shoppers from across Ashford", the supermarket stressed.

"Aldi is looking to increase its presence in the town to meet the growing demand," Aldi explained.

This comes after the retailer announced it will continue its expansion, promising as many as 16 new stores around Kent in the near future.

A leaflet setting out Aldi's plans. Photo: Aldi

Ciaran Aldridge, from Aldi UK, previously told KentLive: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now, but we know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.

“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality.

"That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”

The Kent towns Aldi is targeting

The full list of locations it is targeting in Kent are:

  • Ashford
  • Broadstairs
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham
  • Cranbrook
  • Dover
  • Ebbsfleet
  • Folkestone
  • Gillingham
  • Gravesend
  • Maidstone
  • Margate
  • Paddock Wood
  • Rochester
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Tenterden

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