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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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New supermarket to open in Carlisle creating 30 jobs

A budget supermarket chain is poised to open its third store in Carlisle, creating up to 30 jobs.

Aldi site Carlisle photo
The site on Dalston Road

Aldi has revealed plans for a store on part of the former Laing site in Dalston Road. The discount food retailer says its multi-million pound investment will create up to 30 jobs for local people, as well as additional employment during construction.

Joan Southward, Carlisle City Council member for Denton Holme, hopes the move will have a positive impact on the local economy. She said: “The feeling among local residents was that it was initially welcomed. There is a shortage of full and part-time employment opportunities in the area which this will bring.”

Councillor Hugh McDevitt, who also represents Denton Holme, will be one of the city council’s decision makers when the plans are submitted. He has prepared his response to the local plan document, which is due to go out to public consultation soon.

He said: “I would recommend a mix of residential units and a small supermarket for that site, so something like an Aldi would be suitable.”

Mr McDevitt says he would also like to see a road built through the site linking Dalston Road with Wigton Road to improve local access.

An Aldi spokesman said: “We are excited about the prospect of delivering a new Aldi store to this part of Carlisle as we are keen to offer the local community additional choice.

“Aldi does not have a store in this part of the city, which means many local people currently have to travel out of the area.”

The company is holding an exhibition on the store on Thursday, July 18, at Denton Holme Community Centre in Morley Street from 3pm.

Have your say

@Brian: I'm still waiting for your example of a butcher that has unreasonable policies in terms of salaries or pay.

My position is perfectly clear; I prefer to support local, independent shops when I can, and that includes paying a little more at times, if necessary.
If you think the minimum wage is unreasonable, or even constitutes 'slave labour' then you should say so.
I rarely come across people who are so obviously implicitly or explicitly in favour of the rise of big-chain supermarkets (and by implication, the demise of independent retailers) without even a whiff of a scruple.

@Ben S: Are deliberately trying to miss my point? I make the assumption that local butchers have reasonable pay policies, otherwise they'd be acting illegally. Name one and I'll make sure I avoid it in future.

What's wrong with pumping a little bit of money into your local community instead of a German multi-national? (and I'm the one being vilified - laughable).

Posted by M. Sagan on 20 July 2013 at 12:24

Great news - more choice and an employer that pays well

Posted by phil on 16 July 2013 at 19:50

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