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Malmesbury to get new Aldi in 'coming months' Featured

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Adli has been granted full approval by Wiltshire Council to build a new supermarket and create 30 jobs in Malmesbury.

In the coming months, the Malmesbury Garden Centre on Crudwell Road will be transformed into a new Aldi store.

The application, which was approved on September 17, will see the demolition of existing buildings to develop the 1,782sqm supermarket.

Additionally, outline approval has been granted for a replacement garden centre.

Residents are pleased the German supermarket is coming to Malmesbury, saying that they ‘it’s about time’ the town had another place to do the shopping.

Linda Anderson, said: “Another supermarket means more choice for the customers. It’s a positive for Malmesbury.”

Robert Platt who lives in Great Somerford, but does his weekly shop in Malmesbury said that Aldi will bring ‘a much-needed something for the masses’.

“It brings good quality food at an affordable price that I don’t have to drive 15 to 20 minutes to Royal Wootton Bassett for,” he said.

The Mayor of Malmesbury, Campbell Ritchie said that while he was looking forward to Aldi’s arrival as ‘a significant member of our local community’, there were a few details to iron out about the garden centre.

He added: “The application by Aldi to build a supermarket at the Garden Centre site off the A419 outside Malmesbury was approved by Wiltshire Council in March 2019, so it has taken a long time to get to this point.

“While the new Aldi store will add more shopping choice in the Malmesbury area, the agreements Wiltshire Council have made about the potential use of the rest of the Garden Centre site are also important and we will be reviewing these at our Planning and Environment Committee meeting next week.”

An Aldi spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to have received planning permission to bring an Aldi store to Malmesbury and are grateful for the significant local support.

“Once open, the store will create up to 30 jobs and help local people shop and save closer to home.

“We hope to begin preliminary site preparations in the coming months and will keep the community updated on developments.”

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