Former pub and football club could be demolished under plans for new Aldi in Pelsall

By Jordan Reynolds | Pelsall | News | Published:

A former Walsall pub which dates back to the 1800s and the old site of a football club could be demolished to make way for an Aldi store under plans.

The former The Old Bush pub

The supermarket giant revealed plans for a new store on land off Walsall Road in Pelsall, with 126 car parking spaces, alongside outline planning permission for a care home to the rear of the site.

The store would create between 40 and 50 jobs if plans come to fruition.

The Old Bush Pub and the former Pelsall Villa Football Club ground are currently on the site, and have both been targeted by arsonists and vandalised in recent years. In 2017 the club moved to Walsall Wood.

The old site of Pelsall Villa FC

A spokesman for Aldi has now said buildings on the site would be demolished under the plans – which are yet to be submitted to the council – and Aldi would take appropriate steps with regards to any restrictions that are currently in place.

The pub first opened in the 1800s and adjoins Pelsall Villa FC. Six years ago it was put up for sale with a price tag of £375,000.

The site could be demolished to make way for a new Aldi

Aldi had written to more than 2,000 residents inviting them to attend its virtual public exhibition which ran from July 22 to 29.

People can also provide their feedback by contacting the project team on freephone information line number 0800 298 7040 or emailing

A new Aldi could be built on the land under plans
Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
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Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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