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Aldi sets its sights on a new store at Martlesham Heath

PUBLISHED: 14:57 18 October 2016

The site of the proposed new Aldi next to King Pin Bowling in Martlesham.

The site of the proposed new Aldi next to King Pin Bowling in Martlesham.

Sarah Lucy brown

Discount supermarket giant Aldi is hoping to open a new supermarket at Martlesham Heath next to the Kingpin bowling alley.

It has leafletted homes in Martlesham and Kesgrave – and says that it has received overwhelming backing from residents for the plan.

The new store would be built on currently unused land between Kingpin and the A12/Gloster Road/Barrack Square roundabout.

It would be about a quarter of the size of the Tesco superstore at the other end of Gloster Road and the company says 50 jobs would be created. It would seek to recruit as many as possible from the immediate area.

There would be 102 customer car parking spaces, including room for people with disabilities and those with children.

The company’s leaflet says it plans to submit a planning application to Suffolk Coastal council later in the year and that if permission is granted work would start very soon.

It has recently opened a store at Pinewood on the edge of Ipswich and already has branches at Meredith Road and Felixstowe Road in the town.

The leaflet says that public support is vital. In a survey it says 91% of residents of the Martlesham/Kesgrave area would welcome the competition the store would offer to Tesco which has two stores in the area.

The leaflet says: “Having public support for the proposals will really make a difference and help Aldi’s plans become a reality.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal said planning officials were aware that Aldi was preparing a planning application for a new store in Martlesham, but nothing had been formally submitted at this stage.

As well as the Tesco superstore at Martlesham and Tesco supermarket at Kesgrave, there is also a Marks and Spencer food store on the retail park at Martlesham.

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