Still no start date for construction of Aldi store in Bridlington, five years after planning permission was granted

Nearly five years since Aldi announced it was opening its second branch in Bridlington, and there is still no news of when the new shop will be built.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 1:26 pm

The supermarket chain - which announced in January 2015 that it planned to bring a new store to St John Street - says it has no date to share of when building work may finally start.

A spokesperson for Aldi told the Bridlington Free Press: “We are now completing preliminary site preparations ahead of beginning construction.

“The new store will help local people shop and save closer to home, and we will keep the community updated on developments.”

The site on St John Street. Picture by Paul Atkinson

But this is exactly what the company said back in August.

When pressed, Aldi said it could not confirm any start dates at this time.

The supermarket had announced back in February that it planned start the construction of the store this year.

Planning permission was granted back in July 2015, with the council report saying it would “improve the appearance of St John Street”.

The former Jewson builders merchants premises were flattened but, later that year, Aldi said it had “no immediate plans to begin construction”.

Residents have been keeping a close eye out for progress at the eyesight, with some concerns it was becoming “an eyesore” and an easy target for vandals.

Aldi already has one supermarket in Bridlington, at Bessingby Retail Park.