BOSSES from a supermarket chain outlined their proposals this week for a new Aldi store in Ore.
Residents were invited to attend a pre-application development forum meeting on Monday (April 29) where they voiced their views.
Aldi intends to submit a planning application within the next two months to move into the present site in Rye Road where B&Q is. The supermarket chain now owns the site as the current lease for B&Q expires in June.
At Monday’s meeting Aubrey Ingleton, from Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum, said: “We are concerned about the effect this will have on local traders in Ore, what with the new Tesco store coming and now Aldi.”
Kareen Taylorson, one of the directors of Ore Community Centre, echoed his comments, and said: “All of the people I have spoken to do not want this store here, as we have got plenty of food shops in Ore already, with the Co-op and Tesco coming.”
Alastair Close, from consultancy firm Planning Potential, said he understood residents’ concerns but added the proposed Aldi store would not be selling newspapers, have an in-house bakery or any other extra services so the store would complement existing trade, not act as competition.
He said: “We sent out leaflets to more than 1,000 addresses in Ore and have been very encouraged by the feedback. Out of the 160 or so responses, 80 per cent supported the proposals.”
Mr Close also added that more than 60 per cent of Ore residents were doing their weekly shop outside the village in other supermarkets, according to a study undertaken by developers.
Roland Stanley, Aldi’s property director, said: “At the moment people do not have the choice to do a proper weekly shopping trip in Ore and we want to change that. In many cases we have benefited the local district centre and we believe the store will strengthen and support existing trade in Ore.”
He said the new store would also have a car park for 70 vehicles and be offered as a free short stay parking facility for visitors to Ore.
The proposed development will cost £4.5 million if it gets the go-ahead and Aldi would hope to open the new store before the end of next year.