Supermarket chain Aldi has unveiled proposals for a new store in Chipping Norton .
The discount food retailer is preparing proposals to redevelop the former Highways Depot site at Cromwell Business Park off Banbury Road with a neighbourhood store which could create up to 30 new jobs for the town.
The company is to consult residents before a planning application is submitted and will collect feedback before the design is finalised.
Plans for an out-of-town Sainsbury’s store on London Road were defeated in Chipping Norton last year with strong opposition from local traders who saw the plans as a threat to their businesses.
But a statement from Aldi claims the store would work in tandem with local traders saying: “Aldi has a unique offering and does not act as a one-stop-shop unlike other larger retailers, allowing Aldi stores to complement existing traders.
“Aldi does not have a butcher, fishmonger or bakery, nor does it sell tobacco.
“This offers a complementary facility to Chipping Norton’s existing pattern of trading, encouraging local people to complete their shopping needs within the town centre.
“We believe the proposed site offers a real opportunity to provide the community with a premium discount food store”.
Steve Piltz, who led the campaign against the out of town Sainsbury’s, said he has no plans to oppose the Aldi scheme. He said: “It is not in the same ilk as the Sainsbury’s plan. It’s only 1,000msq compared with 5,000msq of the Sainsbury’s plan and doesn’t stock the same range of goods.”
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