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New Aldi store planned for Black Country village

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Business | Published:

Plans have been launched to build a new Aldi store in a Black Country village.

An illustration of the proposed Aldi store. Photo: Aldi

The proposals would see a new 1,315 sqm store built off Zoar Street, in Lower Gornal, Dudley, with 115 parking spaces.

Aldi says the store could create up to 50 local jobs.

A public consultation has been launched and the German-owned firm has written to 2,000 residents in the area.

No planning application has been made yet but the store could open as early as 2021.

Under the proposals, a new pharmacy would also be built and replace an existing one, called Egginton JT Limited, with 10 new parking spaces.

The site has been earmarked for land in between Zoar Methodist Church and Red Hall Primary School.

The current location. Photo: Google

Hamish Latchem, property director at Aldi, said: "We are delighted to announce our plans to open a new Aldi food store in Lower Gornal. With the nearest Aldi stores over two miles away in Kingswinford and Dudley, a new store for Lower Gornal will not only mean saving money but travel time too.

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"We are excited to bring our award-winning products and fresh produce to the community, improving customer choice and creating much-needed local jobs.

"We want to hear from local people before we submit a planning application to Dudley Council, and encourage residents to attend our virtual public exhibition and let us know their views on the proposals."

An illustration of another view of the proposed Aldi. Photo: Aldi

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual exhibition is being held from June 4 to June 15. A live chat tool will be available on June 4 from 1pm to 4pm.

People will be able to view the plans and share opinions through an online questionnaire.

The proposals, which would cost millions of pounds, would also bring about new jobs in the construction phase and supply chain, said the company.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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