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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 announced 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, with the brand saying it "always seeks to recruit locally", according to a leaflet.

And, the chain has claimed 130 car parking spaces, including eight accessible, ten family and four electric vehicle charging spaces, will be part of the store.

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

"Aldi has long wanted to expand the offer of its amazing value and choice to the residents of Ashford, and the site off Waterbrook Avenue is the ideal location," the leaflet reads.

The budget supermarket added they "would love" for residents to share their thoughts on the scheme before Aldi submits a planning application to Ashford Borough Council.

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, National Property Director at 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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