Jobs to be created if Aldi take over vacant Blackburn store
A NUMBER of jobs will be created if German discount chain Aldi takes over a vacant former Netto store.
The company has launched a bid to bring the store in Montague Street, Blackburn, back into use after submitting plans to the council.
And the firm, which already has a store at Ewood, is looking to expand the size of the premises by almost 300 square metres.
There will also be 88 customer parking bays, including six for disabled and seven designated for parent and child use.
A service area has also been included in the plans to allow the off-loading of deliveries.
The site was a Netto store and later became Ugo after a takeover of all the Swedish firm’s UK stores in 2011. Ugo went into administration last year and the Blackburn store was sold to Poundstretcher, but the nationwide firm only lasted about six months before closing down.
Wensley Fold councillor Dave Harling said he was pleased the building would be brought back into use. He said: “It is far better that someone is there than it being empty.
“I think it will be a positive move. When Netto was there people used the store quite a bit.
“It is on a main road and it will get some passing trade. When Poundstretcher had it, I don’t think they made a go of it.
“All people want there is a food store so this is more what people are after.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council leader and Wensley Fold councillor Kate Hollern said: “It is important the building is occupied.”
Nobody at Aldi was available to comment yesterday.
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