DIY store in Ore closes to become new supermarket


A LONG-STANDING DIY store in Ore closes today (Friday) to make way for a multi-million pound supermarket.

B&Q in Rye Road has traded in town for more than 35 years.

The store is shutting down to make way for a £5 million Aldi supermarket.

More than 40 staff were employed at B&Q.

The present building, dating back to the 1970s, will be demolished with the new store expected to open in November this year.

A new car park will also be provided with 70 parking spaces.

Aldi’s plans to build a new store on the B&Q site first became public in April last year when the firm held a pre-application development forum and outlined its proposals to residents.

Councillors on Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously gave Aldi the green light to build its new store in Ore at a planning meeting last September.

But some residents and traders in the area protested against the changes at the time, fearing another supermarket in Ore would kill off local trade in the village.

In advance of last September’s council meeting, Aubrey Ingleton, from Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum, set up a petition to protest against the scheme.

Representatives from Aldi said between 30 and 40 new jobs will be created once the building of the shop is completed.

Aldi already bought the present site, which houses B&Q, last year.

Construction of the new supermarket is set to start next month.

A new Tesco Express store recently opened in Ore at the former Oddfellows Arms pub site in Old London Road.