Jobs boost for Bulwell if Aldi build new store

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Bulwell residents could be in store for another Aldi supermarket offering up to 40 new jobs in the town if the company goes ahead with plans.

The discount food retailer is unveiling plans for a new food store on Hucknall Road located between Bulwell and Top Valley.

The proposed site on Hucknall Road is currently occupied by the NCV Sales and G&M Motors dealerships, which would relocate to alternative premises in the local area if planning permission is received and existing jobs would be retained.

Alongside the retention of the existing jobs, the proposal would deliver up to 40 new full and part time jobs at the Aldi store which would be aimed at local people.

If plans pay off, this will be the second Aldi store in the town with a third one just up the road in Hucknall.

“Whilst we have an existing store in Bulwell, this store is currently overtrading and we have been aiming to improve our offer in this area of the city for some time,” said a company spokesman. “We believe the site in Hucknall Road is an excellent opportunity to deliver a new food store to serve the local community.”

The proposals seek to transform this site with a multi-million pound development, introducing a contemporary designed food store to serve the local community.

Bulwell MP Graham Allen said he was strongly in favour of more opportunities for employment in the area.

“There are far too many houses compared to skills and job opportunities for young people,” said Mr Allen. “It is important to balance the community and bringing more business to the town will boost the local economy too.”

Bulwell ward councilor and newly appointed Sheriff of Nottingham, Coun Jackie Morris, was delighted when hearing the news this week.

“This is fantastic if the jobs as suggested go to local people,” said Coun Morris. “My understanding is that it is a good company to work for and there are good rewards for those people who want to work hard.”

Coun Morris also said that more competition in the town is good for residents to keep prices down.

“I like Aldi and I know it is popular in the town as the other store at Snape Wood is always packed with shoppers.

“I think the location is good too as it could attract residents from Bestwood and Basford who currently travel to Arnold boosting the local economy.”

However Coun Morris hoped that by increasing its presence in the area, Aldi would be more community-minded.

“I think Aldi needs to adopt a supportive community scheme like some of its competitiors to benefit residents.”

Meanwhile G&M Motors have confirmed their intention to relocate.

“Our plan is to relocate our business to purpose-built premises within the locality if possible,” said company spokesman, James Gamble. “There will be no job losses in the move.”

A public exhibition is planned for residents to find out more about the proposal.

The exhibition will take place on Wednesday 11th June between 2pm and 6pm, at the Top Valley Community Centre (adjacent to Tesco).

“Before we submit a planning application to Nottingham City Council we are eager to understand the views of the local community and ensure their comments can be taken into consideration. We look forward to welcoming people to our public exhibition on 11th June, but if residents have any questions in the meantime they should call the project’s freephone information line on 0800 298 7040.”