Third store is retailer’s big commitment

The site off Squires Gate Lane where  Aldi will develop its third resort store
The site off Squires Gate Lane where Aldi will develop its third resort store
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A discount retailer says its plans to open a third store in Blackpool show its commitment to the town.

Members of Blackpool Council’s planning committee approved a new Aldi on Squires Gate Industrial Estate – which is set to be bring 40 jobs – last week.

Coun Andrew Stansfield

Coun Andrew Stansfield

A spokesman for the retailer said its third store could be open in the resort by next summer.

He added: “We are delighted planning permission has been granted for our third store in Blackpool.

“This highlights Aldi’s continued investment in the town.

“We hope to open the new store next summer.”

This highlight’s Aldi’s continued investment in the town

Subject to certain conditions being agreed with planners, work could start before the end of the year.

The plans had reached a stalemate after town hall planners insisted the company should take over the now-boarded up former Booths store on Highfield Road, South Shore, instead.

But councillors rejected the idea, arguing the scheme should be approved.

Coun Adrian Hutton discounted concerns from council planners the scheme would see a loss of industrial land.

He said: “It would help to form part of a retail unit. It is retail anyway there. There are car showrooms, DIY and electrical stores.

“We need to do something down there and if it creates jobs and give people another store in that area I do not see what the problem is.”

Coun Andrew Stansfield added: “I fail to see why it cannot become part of the retail side there.

“We are not going to move the minds of Aldi to go in the Booths store.

“If they do not go here they will not look elsewhere. I think we should look positive on this site.”

Planning approval spells end for council planners’ Booths appeal

Blackpool Council’s planning committee had originally deferred making a decision on whether to approve an application for an Aldi on Squires Gate Lane industrial estate earlier this month.

Councillors had asked the applicant to consider taking over the Booths site on Highfield Road because it is more closely linked to existing shopping areas and has better public transport links.

Gary Johnston, head of planning at Blackpool Council, said: “The Booths store is closing and in our view that site is sequentially more preferable because it has links to the Highfield Road centre and is better served by public transport.”

But Aldi rejected the proposals, saying the Booths store was not suitable and unworkable.

Aldi is already building a new store at Oxford Square and has a store in Waterloo Road.