Discount retailer Aldi plan to open by 2016 if accepted

Artist's impression of the proposed new Aldi store in Garstang
Artist's impression of the proposed new Aldi store in Garstang

Supermarket giant Aldi hopes to open a store in Garstang by 2016 if its detailed plan submitted to Wyre Council is approved.

Aldi aims to develop a £6m discount store on Moss Lane on the former Emo Oil site, which closed in April.

The full application comes after an earlier proposal and talks with Wyre Council by Aldi and development company Morbaine in July 21.

However, the store may not be welcomed by all, as concern has already been expressed by independent traders that major developments are threatening Garstang’s “quaint, picturesque” image .

The single storey food store, which would create 45 new jobs, would be accompanied by 116 car parking spaces, including nine for parents with children, five for disabled shoppers and eight cycle spaces.

The proposed brownfield site would provide a 18,300 sq ft food store that would add to Aldi’s every growing chain in the UK, now standing at more than 500.

The full planning application submitted is now open to the public for comments until September 28 after which it will go before councillors.

Morbaine planning director Keith Nutter believes the store will offer huge benefits for the town.

He said:“This is a project people can take advantage of.

“It is a great location in the centre of town, with access off Moss Lane and with a boost of 45 full and part-time jobs.”

In response to growing concerns about over development in the area, Bryn Richards, a representative from Aldi ,said: “We don’t have a separate butchers or bakers.

“We don’t sell newspapers or cigarettes, so do not feel we take too much away from town centre retailers.

“We aim to complement them.”