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Aldi could be on its way to Stamford

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has approached Stamford Town Council about a possible move to the town.

Members discussed the prospect at its meeting on Tuesday night, but it was too early for them to say much on the issue due to a lack of detail from the retailer.

Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg told the Mercury that it “does sound exciting” that the retailer may set up shop in Stamford.

“Businesses coming in is always a positive. We do not know a lot about what they are proposing. Anything they come forward with will be a bonus. They are still trying to sort things out.”

Mrs Stuart-Mogg said the town council was ‘open’ to an Aldi moving in and members would listen to what the retailer has to say.

Asked if Stamford might be considered too ‘posh’ for a discount retailer, she added: “There are different people in Stamford and we have different markets. I would think all businesses are welcome. Aren’t people always ready for a bargain?”

Aldi spokesman Kevin Whitmore told the Mercury: “We are going to be meeting with the town council in due course to have a consultation about Aldi having a store in the town but we have no further detail. It is a bit too early to give more detail.”

Mr Whitmore confirmed Aldi had first approached the town council, rather than the other way round.

It was still too early to say where the store may go, or how big it may be.

He added: “It shouldn’t be too long (for more details). Everything will need to be lined up before we can make a significant announcement. We don’t have everything in place yet.”

The nearest Aldi supermarkets to Stamford are at Peterborough, Oakham and Grantham.

The rival discount chain Lidl already has a store on the Markham Retail Park, which has been open for some years.

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