Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Diss: Aldi bids to expand former Co-operative store

10:13 03 April 2014

The former Diss Co-Op which Aldi is seeking permission to extend.

The former Diss Co-Op which Aldi is seeking permission to extend.

Archant

A new and enlarged supermarket is set to occupy the site of the former Co-operative store in Diss if two planning applications are given the go ahead.

shares

Retailer Aldi will be moving into the premises and has applied to South Norfolk Council for permission to provide a 42sq m extension to the Mere Street building on the Park Road side, providing a dedicated service ramp and loading point away from the rest of the car park.

In total, the newly refurbished premises, which used to house the Co-operative store until it closed last Saturday, will provide a 1,484sq m foodstore, with 938sq m of retail space, 309sq m of storage space and 204sq m of office space.

A new glazed shop front is also proposed, facing Park Road with a glazed door and canopy facing the car park.

The developers said the aim was to improve the “legibility of the building and provide customers with a clear reference point to the entrance”.

An application has also been submitted to alter the existing layout of the car park by increasing the size of the spaces and introducing cycle and parent and child parking.

If approved, the proposals would create 70 parking spaces, including four disabled designated parking spaces and three parent and child spaces, which would represent a loss of six spaces on the existing provision.

The Co-op shop, which had been trading since 2009, closed after being sold to the discount retailer.

All 37 staff were put out of work – although the Co-op was looking to redeploy them either within the company or help them find alternative employment.

The new Aldi store is not set to open until the final quarter of this year to allow for an extensive refurbishment and the retailer is looking to recruit 40 new staff from the area.

Nobody from Aldi was available for comment.

shares

0 comments

Stephen Rose, SSE head of offshore wind generation

The man tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of a £1.6bn windfarm off the Suffolk coast has explained the challenges of overseeing 140 turbines capable of powering half-a-million homes and the contractual “crossroads” his firm faces next year.

Students at UCS in Interior Architecture and Design, have been taking part in a design competition to design an entrance canopy for the St Edmunds House apartments in Rope Walk.
Ross Carroll, director of Crown House Homes, left, with course tutor Dr Liana Psarologaki, and Annali Hubbard of Palmer & Partners estate agents, and some of the course students, Elliott Jones, Bryony Briggs, Dan Hutton, Amy Schuller and Michelle Villar

Apartment developers hold a design competition with university students

A member of staff at N2S bagging up scrap computer components ready for further destruction and recycling.

A Suffolk-based computer equipment lifecycle management company is celebrating after achieving accreditation allowing it to work at the highest level of Government.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, left, visiting Ipswich company IJYI.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has urged more small and medium-sized businesses in and around Ipswich to sign up to a scheme which provides the funding for the infrastructure they need to get fast broadband connections.

Post Office

The Post Office in a Suffolk town is moving to new premises, and will offer longer opening hours.

Dame Fiona Kendrick:, chief executive of Nestlé  UK & Ireland

Food giant Nestlé has announced plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme, sparking the threat of industrial action.

The Treasury has sold another 1% stake in Lloyds Banking Group.

The taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen to below 16% after the Government sold off another tranche of shares.

The installation of solar panels on the roof of Precision Marketing Group's premises in Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmunds

A Suffolk-based firm will be among the organisations taking part in a nation-wide celebration of solar energy tomorrow.

Candy Gaga'’s Wanda Hewell, right, and daughter, Cherish.

Tower Ramparts in Ipswich now has its very own castle – thanks to the success of a local sweet shop business.

Stansted Airport

A report into the future of Britain’s airports does not rule out a second runway at Stansted – and raises fears of extra night flights to the Essex airport.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages