Jobs boost as Aldi comes to Eckington

The old Northgate Information Solutions building on Littlemoor Road, Eckington, site of a new Aldi store.
The old Northgate Information Solutions building on Littlemoor Road, Eckington, site of a new Aldi store.

Eckington is set for a jobs boost after discount supermarket chain Aldi got the green light to build a store.

North East Derbyshire District Council has given a seal of approval to the building plans which will create up to 50 jobs.

The shop will be built on the site of the unused Northgate Information Solutions building on Littlemoor Road and will include an 89 space car park.

Natascha Engel, MP for North East Derbyshire, said: “This is really good job news for Eckington and it’s what the town really needs. My only concern is that the development is out of the town centre and I hope Aldi work alongside the Eckington Town Team to not divert business from there.”

As part of the development, £40,000 will be invested into Eckington town centre improvements as part of the negotiations for planning approval. Eckington Parish Council has also suggested a donation of £5,000 to be made to a local project in the area.

Planners stated that the Aldi store will keep shoppers in Eckington and deter from travelling out .

Wendy Watson, 49, of Chester Court, Eckington, said: “It’s good news Aldi is coming to Eckington.

“I shop there regulary already and have to travel nearly five miles to Dronfield so it’s great a store like Aldi is on its way so I’ll be staying in the town to shop more.”