The discount retailer’s plans to build a 19,200 sq ft store on a vacant plot next to the AJ Bell Stadium in Irlam have progressed with Salford City Council set to give the scheme the nod later this week.
The store is planned for a plot between the Barley Farm pub and the stadium, with a new access off Stadium Way leading to a 115-space car park. The store would have a 14,000 sq ft sales area.
Salford’s planning committee will discuss the proposals on Thursday with a recommendation to approve; the new store is expected to create around 30 to 50 jobs along with a number of temporary construction jobs.
The recommendation is subject to a £62,000 contribution to improve pedestrian routes between residential areas and the food store, and the addition of bus stops within a 400m walk of the site.
The 12,000-capacity AJ Bell was built in 2012, but much of the land around the stadium has remained vacant since its construction. A further eight development plots are available.
Further warehouses and industrial developments are planned further along the Manchester Ship Canal, with Peel securing reserved matters planning consent for nearly 1.5m sq ft of industrial space in late 2017. However, Peel’s delivery of these warehouses hinges on the developer also bringing forward a rail link to the development.
Aldi is also planning to open an 18,600 sq ft store on the other side of the Manchester Ship Canal at Trafford Retail Park on Barton Road. The retail park next to the Barton Bridge already features occupiers including Dunelm, Food Warehouse, Nando’s, and B&M, and attracts around 4m visitors a year.