Cut price supermarket chain Aldi has revealed a bid to open a store in Eastbourne creating up to 40 new jobs.
The German based retailer wants to take over the former Cosmetica site on land in Lottbridge Drove between the B&Q roundabout and Mountfield roundabout in Hampden Park.
It is canvassing opinion among residents and says it wants to submit plans to Eastbourne Borough Council with a view to opening in 2015.
An artist’s impression has been drawn up for a 1,250 square metre store with 113 car parking spaces.
A new access to the site would be constructed from Lottbridge Drove and a further exit through the industrial estate to ease traffic is also being considered.
A spokesperson for Aldi told the Herald, “Opening a new Aldi on the Cosmetica site will bring a derelict site in Lottbridge Drove back into use and create 30-40 new jobs with applications from local people given priority.
“It will provide improved shopping choice for local people.
“The multi-million pound proposals will redevelop the site and provide a modern high quality store with sustainable features.
“The store will have a sales area of around 1,250 square metres and 113 car parking spaces including dedicated bays for those with special needs and parent and child spaces.
“A pedestrian walkway will be created across the car park and cycle parking will also be provided.”
Aldi, which has its nearest store in Bexhill, says it has been canvassing public opinion with a leaflet drop to houses.
It says if there is public support for the plans and they are approved quickly, it would like to open in 2015.
Aside from opposition from neighbouring superstore giants Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, a major stumbling block facing ALDI is going to be persuading town planners to change the use of the site, which is currently designated for business and industrial use, to retail.
There are also likely to be major concerns about an increase in traffic along the already congested stretch of road in to and out of Hampden Park.
If the Aldi plans goes ahead, the town will boast a Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Lidl and Aldi.
• What do you think? Would Aldi be welcome in Eastbourne? Or does the town already have enough supermarkets?
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