Work is about to start on a new supermarket in Ellon, the Times can reveal.
The discount chain Aldi have confirmed that the demolition of the former Haldanes store in the town centre will begin imminently.
The timetable is to have the site cleared by the end of the year. Construction of the new store will get under way in the New Year with completion scheduled by autumn of next year.
Graham Nicolson, Aldi Stores in Scotland’s property director, told the Times: “All our plans are now in place to start work in earnest on this project.
“We are very much looking forward to bringing the Aldi brand to Ellon and playing our part in helping to boost the local economy.
“We appreciate all the support we were given during the planning process from the wider community and will continue to keep everyone up to date with progress.”
Aldi’s plans were given the go-ahead by Formartine councillors at the beginning of May.
The riverside site has lain empty since the closure of the Haldanes store more than two years ago.
News that work is about to start has been welcomed in the town.
Local councillor Richard Thomson said: “I’m very pleased to hear that work will soon be getting underway.
“Aldi coming to Ellon is going to give a major boost to the town centre, offering an increased choice for shoppers as well as higher footfall for other retailers.
“Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the new shop is built and able to open its doors to customers”.
Sandy McDougall, chairman of Ellon Community Council, said: “The community council has been very supportive of the Aldi proposals and we are very pleased to see work commencing in that area.
“We welcome the development of another retail project in the centre of Ellon. It is what people want and it will add a bit of life into the town centre.”