Supermarket chain Aldi has confirmed it wants to open a new store in Newmarket creating 50 new jobs.
A spokeswoman for the global chain told the Journal it had bought the former gas works site in the town’s Exning Road and planned to make a formal presentation to town councillors at a meeting of their planning committee next month.
The future of the site, which has been unused for more than 30 years, has been on the council’s agenda for several months, but at a meeting on Monday councillors heard that Aldi had acquired it.
Company spokeswoman Emily Annable confirmed Aldi was working with specialist elderly care provider Anchor ‘to progress planning applications for a mixed use development’ at the site. Those proposals included an Aldi foodstore and extra care apartments for the elderly.
“The site already has planning consent for a Morrisons, but is now owned by Aldi, which has a long-standing requirement for a new store in Newmarket. It has agreed to sell the remaining site to Anchor,” said a statement from the new owners.
Ms Annable added: “Aldi and Anchor are delighted to announce this considerable joint investment in Newmarket and finally deliver a solution to this challenging site, which has been vacant for some time. The site already has planning permission for a food store of over 50,000sqft, the new Aldi store will be around 60 per cent smaller, whilst the extra care apartment element will be sensitively integrated on the remainder of the site to deliver a mixed-use development.
“Before submitting the applications we will be meeting with local groups as well as inviting public comments through our extensive leaflet drop. We look forward to working together with the local community on this exciting project and subject to planning permission being granted aim to have the development completed by late 2019.”