The Aldi branch in Newcastle is set to move to West Denton Retail Park

Aldi has announced multi-million pound plans to vacate its ‘legacy’ location in Westerhope and move to nearby West Denton Retail Park.

According to proposals submitted to Newcastle City Council, the German discounter would take over the vacant former Go Outdoors store and convert it into a “spacious and modern” supermarket.

Aldi said its current Stamfordham Road store, where it has been for more than 20 years, “no longer meets the modern standards that Aldi or its customers demand” – and promises wider aisles and better parking at the planned new store.

A company spokesman said, “We are pleased to have submitted our application to relocate the store and are proud to have served the local community for over 20 years.” We are committed to continuing to give people access to quality products at affordable prices to offer prices.

“All options to improve this store have been considered, but due to the location constraints in place, relocation is the only viable option to ensure Aldi’s future in the region. The former Go Outdoors unit is close by and through investment and refurbishment we are able to offer our customers a new and improved store.

“We have been encouraged by the community response, with over 85% of people responding to our consultation and supporting the plans.”

Aldi said it was in its own commercial interest to ensure that the Stamfordham Road store is either sold or let to another tenant rather than being allowed to sit vacant as the building is owned by the retail giant.

The company added: “Aldi has therefore started marketing the unit to give interested parties the opportunity to get in touch and ensure a sustainable future for the current business.”

Employees from the existing Westerhope Aldi would be transferred to the new branch, while an additional 15 jobs would be created at the larger location. The Aldi branch in Newcastle is set to move to West Denton Retail Park

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