Progress has been announced with the plans to open the new Aldi store in Hampden Park.
The Hampden Park store, expected to open in early 2016 on the former Cosmetica site, will create up to 50 new jobs for local people.
An Aldi spokesperson said this week that legal agreements with Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council have now been agreed and the firm could go ahead with the development.
“Nationwide Aldi have a growing base of customers due to the store’s broad appeal and core philosophy of high quality at low prices,” said the spokesperson.
“Aldi’s consultation to coincide with the Hampden Park planning application confirmed more than 87 per cent of local people in the area would like to shop at an Aldi on Lottbridge Drove.”
Aldi’s property director Roland Stanley said, “We are delighted to move a step closer opening our new Hampden Park store, especially as the support of local people played a key role in making the plans reality.
“We can’t wait to get the store up and running so we can create some great new jobs for local people and make it easy Hampden Park residents to shop and save closer to home.
“I would like to thank all the Hampden Park residents, traders and community representatives, including politicians for their interest in the scheme and support they have given Aldi.
“With all of them on board I know this will be a neighbourhood store we can all be proud of”.
Aldi’s proposals will redevelop a site that has stood vacant for almost a decade the site and provide a modern, high quality store.
The modest sized neighbourhood store will have a sales area of around 1,250 sqm and 113 free parking spaces, including dedicated bays for those with special needs and parent and child spaces.
A new access to the site will be constructed from Lottbridge Drove and a further exit through the industrial estate to ease traffic on Lottbridge Drove, is also planned.
A pedestrian walkway will be created across the car park and cycle parking will be provided.
Aldi expects to start work on site in the early summer, with the new store on target to open early in 2016.
Town planners gave the development the green light at the end of last year after the building itself has been empty for more than five years, fallen into a state of disrepair and that thousands of people including local residents had pledged their support to the store, councillors across the political spectrum said it would be good for Hampden Park and for Eastbourne.