Aldi’s store plans hope to create jobs in Clay Cross and Eckington

Pictured is a CGI image of the proposed Aldi store planned for High Street, in Clay Cross.
Pictured is a CGI image of the proposed Aldi store planned for High Street, in Clay Cross.

A leading food retailer is putting together multi-million pound plans to create a new store and jobs for Clay Cross.

Award-winning Aldi has earmarked a proposed site for the development at the Haus Herr engineering works, on High Street. The announcement follows the firm’s planning approval for a store at Eckington.

An Aldi spokesman said: “Aldi is committed to investing in Clay Cross and our existing store in nearby Alfreton is particularly popular. We are confident there is demand for a store and believe the site on High Street is ideally located to serve the people of Clay Cross and the surrounding area.”

Residents are invited to attend a public exhibition about the proposed store and can provide feedback to the development team.

The exhibition will take place on Thursday, July 2, between 3pm and 7pm, at Clay Cross Community of Christ Church, on Thanet Street, Clay Cross.

A new Aldi store would represent a multi-million-pound investment and would be expected to deliver wider benefits including increased shopping choices, retention of local spending and the creation of approximately 40 permanent full and part-time jobs.

As part of its proposal, Aldi will also be providing public art at the side of High Street to enhance the approach into the town.

An Aldi spokesperson added: “Before we submit a planning application to NE Derbyshire District Council, we’re keen to understand the views of the community. We look forward to welcoming residents to our public exhibition.”

Anyone with questions can call the project’s Freephone line on 0800 298 7040. The proposed store aims to complement Clay Cross’s existing trading and encourage local people to keep shopping in the town and keep local spending.

Aldi is also moving forward with its plans to build a new food store in Eckington and create a further 40 full and part-time jobs.

These plans include regenerating an unused site on Littlemoor Road which is occupied by the former Northgate Information Solutions building.

NE Derbyshire District Council approved plans in December 2014 and now Aldi expects to complete the work by the end of 2016.

An Aldi spokesman said: “The plans represent a substantial local investment that will greatly improve shopping choice in the town.”

Aldi hopes the store will reduce the need for residents to travel out of the area for shopping and will retain spending in Eckington.