Largest Aldi supermarket ‘in the region’ to open in Sheffield

A new Aldi store is to open in Stocksbridge
A new Aldi store is to open in Stocksbridge
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Global discount supermarket chain Aldi has revealed plans to build its largest store in South Yorkshire.

The firm has signed up as an anchor store at the 
£42 million Fox Valley scheme in Stocksbridge, Sheffield.

The retailer is to take a 20,000 sq feet unit where rival supermarket giant Tesco had planned a store until it pulled out earlier this year as it looks to save cash nationwide.

The Aldi store will create at least 30 jobs when it opens in spring, with the store described as a new larger format design.

It will 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.

Mark Dransfield, managing director of scheme developer Dransfield Properties, said: “We are delighted to be announcing Aldi will be the foodstore anchor at Fox Valley.

“When Tesco announced it would not be proceeding with its new store, we were determined to work on a scheme which would bring even more choice and a more diverse retail mix to the area.”

Glen Stidever, property director at Aldi Goldthorpe, said: “We have worked closely with Dransfield to deliver a store that will anchor the Fox Valley scheme, the largest of its kind in Sheffield.

“We will begin recruitment later this year and will advertise the positions available locally in due course.”

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.

Tesco would have created 250 jobs if it had opened. Last month, it was revealed Sheffield Council was seeking compulsory purchase order powers to buy land from Tesco if that became necessary.