Skeleton of gigantic Sheffield Aldi store is taking shape

(l-r) Andrew Malley, retail property director of Dransfield Properties, Glen Stidever, property director of Aldi, Coun Alan Laws, Mark Dransfield, MD of Dransfield Properties and Simon Carr, MD of Henry Boot at the topping out ceremony at the site of the region's largest Aldi, at Fox Valley, Stocksbridge. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Andrew Malley, retail property director of Dransfield Properties, Glen Stidever, property director of Aldi, Coun Alan Laws, Mark Dransfield, MD of Dransfield Properties and Simon Carr, MD of Henry Boot at the topping out ceremony at the site of the region's largest Aldi, at Fox Valley, Stocksbridge. Picture: Andrew Roe
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The skeleton of a gigantic Aldi food store in Sheffield which will be one of the biggest in the region is taking shape.

A ‘topping out’ ceremony for the discount supermarket branch - which is to be the anchor tenant for th e Fox Valley regeneration scheme in Stocksbridge - was held this week to mark the completion of the steel frame.

The 20,000 square foot shop will open, with the£42m development which aims to create a new town centre for Stocksbridge, in spring 2016.

At least 30 jobs will be created at the store.

Glen Stidever, property director at Aldi, said recruitment would begin later in the year.

He added: “We are delighted to be investing in Fox Valley in north Sheffield and it is great to see the steel frame of our store now taking shape on site.”

Mark Dransfield, managing director of Fox Valley developer Dransfield Properties Ltd, said: “We are delighted Aldi are bringing their new format store to Fox Valley.

“It is fantastic to see how the company has evolved and grown in the UK in recent years and they’re going to be a great foodstore anchor here at Fox Valley.”

The anchor store at Fox Valley was originally planned to be run by rival supermarket giant Tesco, creating 250 jobs, but the company ulled out earlier this year.

Fox Valley is to include shops, offices, a café and restaurant, as well as new housing and is funded by more than £8m of EU money.

The Aldi will be a new format larger design and be built in one of the three retail blocks at the centre which are set around a 600 -pace car park.

It will sit alongside a pharmacy and medical centre as well as three further retail or leisure units.