Aldi plans to open new store in Ore village

A SUPERMARKET is planning to move into an Ore DIY store, creating up to 30 jobs.

Aldi intends to submit a planning application to move into the present site in Rye Road where B&Q is.

If the discount food chain gets the go-ahead the new store will open next year.

Some traders in Ore are unhappy at the news as they are up in arms over Tesco being given the go-ahead to open an Express store at the former Oddfellows Arms pub in Old London Road.

Devyani Patel, owner of Dhruva News, said: “A lot of small businesses here will close down, with staff losing their jobs. There will be three supermarkets in Ore meaning the village will be dead.”

Nat Mehta, owner of Ore Post Office, said: “The Co-op has catered for the needs of the community for many years so do we need another supermarket? This will be the nail in the coffin for businesses in Ore.”

Aldi is holding a pre-application development forum on Tuesday, April 29 from 6pm at The Bridge Community Centre in Priory Road to present its proposals to redevelop B&Q and will submit a planning application soon afterwards.

The supermarket chain now owns the site as the current lease expires in June. 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.

Roland Stanley, Aldi’s property director, said: “We have had a long-standing requirement for a store in the area and are proud to be making this considerable investment in Ore.

“The existing building is starting to look very tired and this is a unique opportunity to regenerate this important gateway into Ore village with a high quality contemporary designed building.

“Many people have to travel across Hastings to do their weekly food shop, so a new foodstore in Ore will encourage more to shop locally. We are not like larger supermarkets and do not have in-house bakers, butchers, delicatessen and so on which means Aldi customers are more likely to combine their shop with a visit to local shops and services.

“We are aware that parking in Ore is a problem and are willing to offer our car park as free short stay to help ease the situation. Our professional team will carefully design the store to ensure it is both the most appropriate for the site, as well as meeting planning policy requirements and we look forward to working with the council and local community to realise this exciting investment.”

Marcia Fernandes-Gartside, spokeswoman for B&Q, said: “We are currently in discussions regarding the renewal of our lease and remain committed to Hastings.”