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Aldi builds new store on site of old one in East Street, Sittingbourne

A discount supermarket plans to knock down its Sittingbourne town centre store and build a new one on the same site.

Aldi wants to expand its East Street branch by demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a more modern building.

The German-owned firm's proposal for Sittingbourne is one of a series of developments planned for Swale.

Please credit Google Streetview. Aldi on East Street, Sittingbourne. (2727472)
Please credit Google Streetview. Aldi on East Street, Sittingbourne. (2727472)

An Aldi could be built in Faversham and on Sheppey it intends to shut its Sheerness shop and build a new one opposite Neats Court in Queenborough.

The international chain has had a shop in Sittingbourne for more than two decades.

A planning application is yet to be submitted to Swale council but Aldi says its new store would have glazing on the front and side with grey metallic cladding in other areas, wider aisles and would be able to accommodate a larger product range.

It would be increased in size to 1,230 square metres, compared to the current offering of 1,040 square metres, and would have 35 more parking spaces than currently.

The car park entrance would still be from St Michael's Road, with pedestrian access retained from East Street.

A leaflet circulated to people living in the area says the modernisation of the store would complement the wider town centre regeneration plans, as well as improving the overall appearance of the site and surrounding area.

The expansion has been enabled by the discount chain agreeing to buy parcels of land adjoining the site.

If you'd like to have your say on Aldi's expansion plans, or if you have any questions about the proposals, email aldiswale@planningpotential.co.uk or call 0207 3578000.

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