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Aldi coming to Chippy
DISCOUNT retailer Aldi is planning to open a store in Chipping Norton.
The German food chain is hoping to redevelop the former Highways Depot site at Cromwell Business Park, off Banbury Road, and create 30 new jobs.
The shop, which would be about half a mile from the town centre and any other supermarkets, would cover 1,000 sq ft and have nearly 80 car parking spaces.
Residents will be able to see initial proposals and discuss the plans tomorrow (Friday) at the town Hall from 3pm to 7.30pm and Saturday at the Methodist Church, West Street, from 10am and 2pm.
A spokesman for Aldi, which also has a store in Evesham, said: “We are excited about the prospect of coming to Chipping Norton as we are keen to offer the local community a genuine choice when completing their weekly food shopping.”
Meanwhile, work is finally due to start at the end of October on the extensive expansion of The Midcounties Co-operative Food store.
The plans would see the store, between Albion Street and High Street, offering an extended retail area as well as an increase to its free shoppers’ car park from 84 to 151 spaces.
The first phase, which will be to create an extended car parking for customers, will not impact on the day-to-day operation of the current store or its car parking.
Ben Reid, chief executive, said: “There have been some delays in getting started on the project, but I am very happy to see our plans come to fruition with contractors due to be onsite next month to begin the store’s transformation.”
It is the Midcounties Cooperative’s biggest investment in a single food store.
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