New jobs as Aldi opens its doors

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A NEW supermarket has opened in Pocklington today bringing with it ten new jobs.

Discount store Aldi has finally opened its new premises on Robertson Close after more than two years planning.

It stands on the old site of North Wold Printers Ltd and has a 70-space car park on the road opposite, which was the old Bonds Garage site.

The ribbon in to the new 990 sq metre store is to be officially cut at 8am today, Thursday 7 July, by Mayor of Pocklington, Councillor Graham Perry.

He said this week: “The Aldi development is welcomed because it has tidied up that area of the town nicely because it was getting a little shoddy. It brings with it a full range of goods to the people of the town and surrounding villages.

“We hope that it does not have a detrimental effect on the independent smaller shops in the town, but hopefully will attract more people into the town and encourage local people to stay and shop in the town.

“Our best hope is that it brings more people in that otherwise may have gone to the edge of York.”

The German-based business announced in May 2009 that they were looking to invest in a £4 million store in Pocklington. Planning permission to build was granted in February last year.

The company is the fastest growing supermarket chain in Britain with a rate of one opening a week.

The plan was given the backing by a number of residents who said it would save driving to the nearest Aldi store at York’s Monks Cross.

Planners had agreed that it could help claw back trade heading out of town, although there is obviously some concern amongst local traders who fear it is another nail in the coffin for struggling independent shops.

Aldi were asked for a response but did not respond before going to print.

However, they recently donated £2,000 towards the Flying Man Festival in the town which helped pay for the organised air show.

Meanwhile, the town’s Sainsbury’s store, which is directly opposite the new Aldi, is still waiting to begin work on their extension which increase the store by 5,000 sq ft.

Planning permission was given earlier this year following a delay caused by contaminated land adjacent to the site.

Work on the store is expected to begin in the coming months.