The store is proposed at around 13,000 sq ft. Credit: via Cavendish

Aldi advances North Yorkshire supermarket

The rapidly expanding grocery chain wants to build a store off Commercial Street in Norton-on-Derwent, close to Malton.

The proposed site is a brownfield location identified for redevelopment within both the adopted Ryedale Local Plan and draft Neighbourhood Plan for the area. It has recently used as surface parking.

Like rival Lidl, Aldi continues to push forward with expansion, having found a sweet spot with its stores, which are typically around 20,000 sq ft with a sales area of 12,000 sq ft to 14,000 sq ft, between the convenience and larger legacy supermarkets of the main UK chains.

According to data from Kantar, Aldi claimed double-digit market share in the UK for the first time in April this year, with Lidl claiming around 8% too.

The Norton store is proposed as having a sales area of 12,858 sq ft.

Aldi said that with its nearest store located around 16 miles away, “Aldi is aware that many residents currently travel further afield to access our low-cost, high-quality products” and that a “new store at this site would provide the local community access to an award-winning range and improve the local retail offering”.

A virtual consultation is now open and will run until Friday 3 November, while Norton Hive Library will host a drop-in session on Thursday 26 October. Aldi will be issuing a newsletter to 2,000 properties in the area.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: “We’re delighted to announce our plans for a new food store at this site on Commercial Street, in Norton.

“The site is located within a bustling, successful local retail centre, and we want our new store to improve the local retail offer for residents, especially with the provision of low-cost, high-quality products.

“We’re looking forward to meeting residents in person, at Norton Hive Library on 26 October, and encourage all those interested in our plans to attend.

“For those unable to attend our exhibition event, we encourage them to view the virtual exhibition and let us know what they think about our proposals.”

Aldi is aiming to submit an application to North Yorkshire Council by the end of the year.

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