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31 August 2017

MSP Backs Start of Work on Supermarket Site

Major building work is set to start in October on a new supermarket in the North East, according to correspondence from the firm to MSP Stewart Stevenson.

The start date comes after residents in Peterhead expressed concern over the creation of the new Aldi in the town.

Following outcry from the local community, the Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP wrote to regional managing director Richard Holloway.

In a letter to Mr Stevenson regarding the site of the former Kirkburn Mill, Mr Holloway said the project had an expected completion date in the second half of 2018. He said:

“Investigatory works have already begun and materials for creating the boundary around the site are also in place.

“Major building work is expected to have started by October 2017.”

The budget supermarket had been due to build the new store in Peterhead beginning in December last year.

The scheme to bring Aldi to Peterhead has been ongoing since 2004, before finally getting the greenlight from Aberdeenshire Council in February 2016.

The supermarket is expected to create up to 30 jobs and bring a cash injection of £2.5million to the local economy.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The creation of this supermarket has been long overdue and I am delighted work will finally start in the coming month or so.

“The North East has been badly hit by the oil and gas downturn and this will be a much needed boost for the local economy and for the jobs market also.

“I wish Aldi every success during the construction phase and look forward to seeing how it all comes together in the future.”
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