Aldi store at former Sports Direct site in Westwood earmarked for opening before end of year

How he store will look (Image Aldi/Harrison Partnership)

A new Aldi store will be based at Westwood Gateway Retail Park when work to convert to units previously occupied by Sports Direct, Maplin and Bathstore has been completed.

The multi-million pound new store will mean the creation of up to 50 jobs.

In an application to Thanet council last year it said: “The reuse of established retail floorspace will make efficient use of the site and result in a high-quality and sustainable modern foodstore facility to serve the local area.

“The development represents a multi-million pound investment by Aldi at a time when the retail sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges and will result in the positive reoccupation of a proportion of vacant retail floorspace and associated economic benefits for the area.

Permission was granted by Thanet council for a  relaxation of historic comparison goods restrictions to allow unrestricted sale of food and non food retail goods.

Works at the site include extension to west elevation to create new delivery/servicing pod; external alterations including new glazed entrance/exit lobby and canopy, new shopfront glazing and recladding; provision of trolley bay; alterations to car parking layout; relocation of cycle parking and provision of external plant enclosure and bin store.

Planning documents state: “The new Aldi foodstore and conversion of the existing three retail units at Westwood Gateway Retail Park, aims to provide a foodstore that is situated in a prime location in Westwood Thanet.

“The development, which is easily accessible to local people and has good transport links, and pedestrian access. The foodstore will help provide an additional choice for local people to shop for food and provide additional choice and selection in brands and products and much needed employment opportunities.”

In submitted planning documents it says the 18,438 sqft store is earmarked to open this year. Construction is currently taking place but planning documents said Aldi wants “to progress towards a planned store opening in 2022.”

ALDI first entered the UK market in 1990 and currently have over 700 trading stores nationwide.

The former Argos store at the retail park is also under offer.

13 Comments

  1. That is great instead off building a new store-Then again the old sainsbury site would have been better-putting it with direct competition with Tesco extra and sainsburys.

      • Peter I think you will be proven wrong there as that store is very popular with local people and mainly because no bus fares to pay, also its products in the main a reasonable, they are for me the best quality fruit and vegetables in any of the supermarkets usually as good as the farm shops which I prefer, and I reckon there is room for another one in the area, and this could be good news for everyone as possibly start a price war now that would be good news, more employment and re use of a building rather than building a new property, wish them well.

          • Peter they recently built a new one in Ramsgate which is nearer to WWX than Margate branch, I agree it seems that way with shops shut down when they open at WWX but as they have never been supermarkets I feel that the chances are minimal ( almost negligible ) in Aldi’s case. Only time will tell.

      • Paul yes I have in the past not for a few months though, you need to go to the nearest one to you to see for yourself their products range and especially fresh produce go with an open mind.

  2. They’ve opened 2 in Canterbury and don’t seem to shut any when they open another in the vicinity. I’m sure it will stay open as long as it makes money

  3. Hopefully during the planning application tdc got a substantial cash sum for the demise of high street shopping, to spend on high st regeneration into dwellings or open spaces.
    How many hours of free car parking does wwc offer compared to council high street car parks ?

  4. I can see a time when the town shops will open again because WWX will be just one huge traffic jam. If TDC would reduce the town centre rents for business to start up, the problem would be solved.

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