Supermarket chain Aldi unveils plans to open store in Oakham

Aldi store sign
Aldi store sign
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Have your say

A supermarket chain has unveiled plans to open a new store in Oakham and it now wants to hear your views on its proposals.

Discount food retailer Aldi wants to open a shop on an area of land to the west of Lands End Way.

The development would create up to 40 full time and part time jobs.

People are now being called to attend a public exhibition on Wednesday next week, between 3pm and 7pm, at Victoria Hall, in High Street, Oakham, where residents will be able to find out more and have their say on the plans.

A spokesman for Aldi said: “We are excited about the prospect of bringing our range of products to Oakham as we are keen to offer the local community a genuine choice when completing their weekly food shopping.

“We believe there is a real need for a new food store in the area as currently no discount convenience retailer is represented in Rutland. This lack of choice obviously leads to some people travelling out of the area to meet their food shopping needs.”

The spokesman added: “We believe that the proposed site is well located in terms of future development in north east Oakham, with up to 1,000 homes planned for the urban extension of the town, as well as being conveniently accessed from Oakham bypass and the town centre.”

In addition to the exhibition, the company has sent a feedback card to more than 5,500 households in order to gain further views on the plans.

Rival supermarket firm Sainsbury’s has been given the go-ahead by Rutland County Council to build a 50,000 sq ft store on the former Rutland County College site in Barleythorpe Road, creating 250 jobs.

Planning permission was approved in March.

Robert Oxley, Sainsbury’s regional development executive, said: “We have now received the final approval notice for the development. We are currently working with Rutland County Council to design the highways works and meet a number of conditions related to the scheme, and will update the local community in due course.”

Sainsbury’s first bid to open a 30,000 sq ft store on the land Aldi is hoping to build on was turned down in 2011.

County councillors voted against the development as it was too far from the town centre and the land had been designated for employment use.

For more information about Aldi’s proposals, call 0800 298 7040.