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Southwell and Ollerton residents react after Aldi teases new stores for towns

A supermarket giant has eyed Southwell as a potential location for a new store.

Aldi, which already has a store in Newark, has outlined plans for 13 new shops across Nottinghamshire towns.

Aldi's Newark store (37684278)
Aldi's Newark store (37684278)

Among the towns it hopes to open in are Southwell, West Bridgford, Radcliffe and Ollerton.

Peter Harris, of Southwell, said residents in the town were supportive of a second supermarket.

However, he warned there would be concerns if it was to be built on a greenfield site, rather than brownfield land.

“There are few brownfield sites in Southwell, most of which are on the east side of the town and the access is a problem,” he said.

“Residents are keen to see competition in the town, but the issues at the moment are how and where because relatively few brownfields sites are available.”

Aldi said each site would be around 1.5 acres and would accommodate 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

When asked by the Advertiser, Southwell readers had a mixed response.

Lesley Ward said: “Do we need another supermarket?”

Margaret Bagguley said: “I would love to see one come to Southwell

“It would give the Co-op some competition.”

Andy Green and Louise Ellison both supported the idea.

Ollerton residents Suzanne Etherington and Denise Searby both welcomed the idea of a new store in their town.

Aldi’s expansion drive is part of a nationwide target which would see them have a total of 1,200 stores open by 2025.

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