SUPERMARKET chain Aldi have announced plans to open a new store in the centre of Ellon - creating 20 new jobs.
The company propose to redevelop the former Haldanes site in Ythan Terrace, which closed in the summer of last year.
Details of the proposed 1,400 square metre store, with 109 car parking spaces, will be unveiled at a public exhibition in the town later this month.
The site overlooking the River Ythan has lain empty since the Haldanes closure, although various schemes for residential and retail development
have since been put forward.
Aldi’s development team are currently finalising the proposals for the new store.
The company’s property director in Scotland, Graham Nicolson, confirmed they had a formal legal agreement to buy the site.
He said: “We are very excited about our proposals for Ellon town centre which will provide local shoppers with high-quality products at award-winning low prices.
“We are looking forward to inrtoducing the Aldi brand to the local community and getting their feedback on our plans for a fresh, modern store and we hope as many people as possible from Ellon and the wider community will come along to our exhibition to view these plans.”
Ellon Community Council chairman Sandy McDougall said they would be very interested in looking at the plans later this month.
He told the Times: “We had concerns about the previous two proposals and fully anticipate that our members will go along to the exhibition.
“Once there is a planning application we will look at that as well.
“We are keen to see the site redeveloped.”
Further details of Aldi’s plans will revealed at the public exhibition, which will be held in the New Inn on Monday, October 29, between 2-7pm.