Aldi plans a Didcot store

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PLANS for an Aldi supermarket creating 10 full-time and 20 part-time jobs, have been welcomed by civic leaders in Didcot.

Trade bosses said the store could revitalise Broadway, where shops have had to compete with the Orchard shopping centre since 2005.

German firm Aldi has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council to open the new 1,600 sq m store at the Jubilee Way roundabout, Lower Broadway.

The firm would demolish the existing Foam Company warehouse to build the store.

Chairman of Didcot Chamber of Commerce Di Chesterman, who owns No Two Things gift shop on Broadway, said: “Anything that brings jobs to the area and helps to reinvigorate Broadway is a good thing. When larger stores come in they bring new shoppers to the town so hopefully those people are also visiting the independent shops.”

The store would have a car park for 104 cars and 10 bikes.

Didcot Town Council has given its full support to the plan.

Council leader Margaret Davies said: “We like the whole idea of more competition.”

She said the council would ask Aldi for contibutions towards road improvements because of concerns about people leaving the supermarket and trying to cross traffic to turn right onto the Jubilee Way roundabout.

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Dan Martin, 28, who lives in Mendip Heights, said: “Didcot is a rapidly expanding town – it makes sense to cater for the growing population.”

People can comment on the plan until December 18 and district councillors are due to make a decision on February 24.

Aldi declined to comment.

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12:24pm Thu 5 Dec 13

HPG says...

They will pay for a sign to say no right turn, turn left and go round roundabout to go back into town!
Dont put companys off coming to Didcot by holding your hands out for bribes or palms of gold
They will pay for a sign to say no right turn, turn left and go round roundabout to go back into town! Dont put companys off coming to Didcot by holding your hands out for bribes or palms of gold HPG

6:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

TonyH says...

I thought they were planning a store by the A34? Whatever, Aldi is a good store, real cost benefits, and their quality has markedly improved in the last 4 years or so. Their layout can be a bit chaotic, but one reason they have such cheap prices is by keeping staff levels down - but their tills are rocket-fast so queues are minimal. All in all, you can see why their market share is climbing so rapidly.
I thought they were planning a store by the A34? Whatever, Aldi is a good store, real cost benefits, and their quality has markedly improved in the last 4 years or so. Their layout can be a bit chaotic, but one reason they have such cheap prices is by keeping staff levels down - but their tills are rocket-fast so queues are minimal. All in all, you can see why their market share is climbing so rapidly. TonyH

6:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Adrian1 says...

I think they'll need to extend the existing roundabout into an oval and modify somewhat or replace the existing crossing for pedestrians to actually provide a store that people will drive to happily that doesn't cause traffic chaos. Of course I suspect we'll get the HPG plan, if we're lucky. What's happening with the old Focus store?
I think they'll need to extend the existing roundabout into an oval and modify somewhat or replace the existing crossing for pedestrians to actually provide a store that people will drive to happily that doesn't cause traffic chaos. Of course I suspect we'll get the HPG plan, if we're lucky. What's happening with the old Focus store? Adrian1

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