Aldi looking to build supermarket on the southern edge of Ipswich close to Tesco at Copdock
PUBLISHED: 17:24 17 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:25 17 December 2014
Discount supermarket giant Aldi is looking to build a new store at Pinewood on the southern edge of Ipswich.
It is hoping to build the store near the junction of Scrivener Drive and London Road, near the Suffolk One sixth form college and a short distance from the huge Tesco Superstore at Copdock Mill.
The land for the possible new Aldi is next to a new veterinary training centre currently being built beside Suffolk One.
The site is currently owned by Ipswich Council – but is actually in Pinewood in the Babergh district.
The Star understands that officials at the borough have been approached by Aldi managers about the possible sale of the land.
There are also believed to have been informal talks between Aldi and planning officials from Babergh – although no formal planning application has been submitted.
An access on to the site from Scrivener Drive already exists.
Aldi already has two medium-sized supermarkets in Ipswich, at Meredith Road in Whitton and at the Rosehill Centre on Felixstowe Road.
The German-owned company has been a big winner in the supermarket battle over the last few years – and earlier this year announced plans to double its size in Britain to more than 1,000 stores over the next eight years.
It’s sales growth is running at about 30% a year while other traditional stores like Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons have been struggling in the teeth of the recession.
No one from the company was available to talk about its plans to build a new store on the edge of Ipswich at the present time.