SUpermarket chain Aldi have stepped up their move to establish a store in Ellon.
The company have tabled plans with Aberdeenshire Council for a new supermarket development by demolishing the former Haldanes building in the town centre which has lain empty since last year.
The proposals include a 1,473 square metre shop with provision for 111 car parking spaces. The project is expected to create around 20 local jobs.
The lodging of plans follows a round of public consultations which company bosses said demonstrated widespread support for the the discount operator,
Graham Nicolson, Property Director for Aldi in Scotland, told the Times: “We have been given such a warm welcome by Ellon shoppers and the wider community including the Ellon Traders Association, with an almost unprecedented 96% approval rating from feedback, that we have brought forward our planning application.
“The plans will now be considered by Aberdeenshire Council officials and we look forward to our application being determined in the New Year.”
Traders Association chairwoman Tracy Gibb confirmed they welcomed the development.
She said: “Yes, I would say we are quite for it. We would be looking for a retail development on that site, rather than flats, and Aldi moving in would attract people into the town centre and free up parking.”
Her views were echoed by Ellon Community Council chairman Sandy McDougall. He said: “A number of our members went along to the Aldi exhibitions and I think we would welcome any commercial development that breathes new life into the town centre.”
A decision on an alternative plan for the Haldanes site for residential and retail development was deferred by councillors in October.