Aldi unveils plans for ‘store wars’ site

POTENTIAL SITE: How the new Aldi store in Armstrong Road in Washington could look.
POTENTIAL SITE: How the new Aldi store in Armstrong Road in Washington could look.
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PROPOSALS for a new supermarket which could create 30 jobs are pressing on as planners now consider designs for the store.

Aldi wants to open a store on the site of Armstrong House office block in Washington, which has previously been at the centre of a row between Morrisons and Tesco.

Morrisons was forced to abandon its plans to build on the plot after a two-year battle with the rival firm, only for Tesco to then drop its own scheme for a new shop on Peel Retail Park.

Late last year, Aldi announced it wanted to take on the Armstrong Road land, with developer Jomast leading with the plans.

In an application submitted to Sunderland City Council, Teesside-based Jomast sets out how it wants to demolish the 1970s-built Armstrong House and construct the foodstore, along with access for parking, a servicing area and landscape the site.

It has said there is no interest in anyone taking on the office building, which has been vacant for some time, and will bring the land back into use with the supermarket to offer residents a greater choice in the town and complement its existing store at the Galleries. In addition to the 30 jobs it will generate, the company says it will also support the region’s construction industry while the building project takes place.

It also says its proximity to the nearby B&Q store, housing estates and Springwell Village and Birtley mean it will be well-placed for shoppers. The plans detail how the warehouse and refrigeration unit will be located to the south west of the sales area, and accessed via a loading and unloading area.

No objections have yet been lodged against the application.