AJ Bell Stadium Aldi

Aldi plans store next to AJ Bell Stadium

Supermarket chain Aldi has outlined proposals to build a store on vacant land next to the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, leaving eight plots in the area open for development.

Aldi has put in a planning application for a 19,200 sq ft store on a 1.8-acre plot of land fronting Stadium Way, along with a new access road and parking for around 115 vehicles. The investment by Aldi is expected to create around 50 jobs. The planning consultant is GVA How.

The 12,000-capacity AJ Bell was built in 2012, but much of the land around the stadium has remained vacant since its construction. Other nearby developments include the Barley Farm pub, which was built by Greene King.

An Ikea store has also been long-rumoured to be opening near the stadium, with a further eight development plots available. Along with Aldi’s plot, another plot of around 80,000 sq ft is under offer, with Cushman & Wakefield acting as agent.

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 late last year. However, Peel’s delivery of these warehouses hinges on the developer also bringing forward a rail link to the development.

Stuart Parks, regional property director at Aldi said: “We see huge potential in this area around the AJ Bell Stadium which can only go from strength to strength as more investors take sites here. We hope to bring a new store to the site to help local people to shop and save closer to home.”

Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett added: “The AJ Bell Stadium was built as a catalyst to kick start the regeneration of this area and bring new jobs, opportunities and extra business into Salford.

“We’ve already seen national pub chain Greene King open on site and significant spending on improving the road and the new bridge across the Manchester Ship Canal.”

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A sea of black asphalt. This visual highlights the need for trees in car parks.

By Anonymous

“…to help local people to shop and save closer to home.”

What absolute guff – off the top of my head it’s hard to think of a place within built-up Greater Manchester (i.e. not within Green Belt) which has fewer homes close by.

(Also agree with Anonymous that it looks desperately harsh.)

By Dennis Nails