Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

Update on new ALDI store in New Invention

by Ian Shires on 6 February, 2018

Have had some information off ALDI about their plans for their recent acquisition of the retail store in Coppice Farm Way.

A spokesperson has told the Lib Dem FOCUS Team that they are currently looking at best options to develop their store and have confirmed that they are fully committed to bringing a new and exciting Aldi development to the site as soon as possible.

When work will start transforming the old store has yet to be decided but as you can see there is a firm commitment to it happening and soon.

The spokesperson also went onto say that they are looking forward to discussing their plans with the local community when once the options appraisal has been completed.

   4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. Rita says:

    Rubbish no information given at all. I live around the corner from this blue hoarding looks a right mess; why was it put up so soon with no action happening there.

    • Ian Shires says:

      Hi Rita
      There is no information because ALDI haven’t released any details yet. It is their site. They own it. It is private land. They put up the blue fencing because of complaints about the site being used by irresponsible anti social people using it to dump rubbish. The fence is not pretty but it’s an improvement on looking out on a tip each day.
      We have contacted them asking them to hurry up with finalising their plans for this eagerly awaited store. We have also informed them that the delay in getting on with it is having a negative effect on people’s views about ALDI. However it is their site and their reputation is being damaged.
      Hope this answers your questions. If not or you would like further clarification, please message me.
      Kind regards
      Ian

  2. IB says:

    The existing store is a similar size to any other Aldi and modern enough to have been reopened as an Aldi months ago. A little refurbishment inside and few changes to the car park layout and a canopy to the front of the store like other Aldis would have been done in a few months if not weeks!!! The store closed almost a year ago and they have had the store since late September.
    It seems to me and others in the local area that they have purchased the store to land bank it and to prevent a rival opening a store on the site. To protect their own interests and sales at their Bently Bridge and Cannock stores. They are doing the same with the proposed store on Portobello island in Willenhall. They have had planning permission for over a year at the Portobello site and still no work at all to build the store, despite the land being free to work on.
    This is shame for the local community of Coppice Farm and New Invention as the supermarket is needed with no other supermarkets unless you can travel to Bloxwich, Willenhall, Wednesfield or Cannock and elsewhere, looks a eyesore with the boards up and not being able to see the other business located on the site and would create some jobs for people in the local area.

    • Ian Shires says:

      In fairness the footprint of their new store plan is bigger than the existing store and there is much more glass in the design which makes it more obvious on the street scene.I have spoken with their representatives and they made the point of saying that the response from the local area is really good so I hope they are not going to let the local community down, but only time will tell. They own the site so the ball is in their court initially. If they do start back-tracking they will get a hard time from me I can assure you.

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