Published: 00:01, 12 April 2018
Artist's impressions offer the first glimpse of what the proposed Aldi store in Deal might look like.
The German supermarket chain - which is set to take over the The Co-op site in Park Street - has this week distributed 3,000 leaflets to residents with a freepost response form encouraging feedback.
Within the handout, the company explains how the new store will be smaller in footprint to the current Co-op but will provide the town with its first discount foodstore.
It will offer an enlarged car park with 128 spaces which will be free for Aldi customers, but also allow for trips into the town centre.
There will also be an increased number of 'parent and child' and 'disabled' spaces.
Last month. after years of anticipation, Kent Online exclusively revealed the supermarket's plans to open a store in the town after it was discovered nearby businesses such as the Sun House and Jilly's Dry Cleaners were being helped to relocate.
It comes after The Co-op's lease on the supermarket had ended. Since Aldi has acquired the site's freehold, it is understood it has given The Co-op a new 13-month lease which can be terminated at any point, giving just three months' notice.
Explaining its plans with the leaflet, Aldi writes: "Aldi has wanted to open a store in Deal for many years, to make it easier for local people to shop and save.
"The Co-op store in Park Street is to close and it is planned to demolish the existing building to allow regeneration of the site to deliver a modern, energy efficient Aldi store.
"The store design would be high quality, respecting the local Conservation Area and character, offering a sales area of 1,254 sqm (current Co-op is 1,294sqm) and providing Deal with its first discount food store."
One area of contention already identified is Aldi's plans to remove the existing trees within car park. District and town councillor Bill Gardener has requested a copy of a report that Aldi cites, which claims the trees are damaged, rotten or dangerous.
Within their leaflet, Aldi writes: "The proposals would increase the number of trees across the site particularly along West Street whilst the existing pedestrian routes through the site and area of public realm on Park Street will be enhanced. Existing access rights for properties and businesses which back on to the site will also be preserved."
Aldi plans to submit a planning application to Dover District Council in May 2018 and subject to securing planning permission, the store will open during 2019.
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