The size of a Wrexham supermarket could be increased by an extra 40% if new plans are given the go ahead.
In an application submitted to Wrexham Council it has been proposed that Aldi on Plas Coch is extended due to the current sized unit being “no longer fit for purpose as it does not provide a large enough sales area for its current usage.”
The reason put forward by Aldi is due to the existing foodstore being ‘hugely populated and one of the company’s busiest stores’.
The plans are being made ‘to create additional sales area, warehouse and amenity accommodation’, and will mean the number of car parking spaces will reduce by 33 to 127.
However this would ‘allow the store to continue to provide a discount operation for the customers’.
The existing internal floor space is 1,441 square meters and the plans will see that increase by 40% up by 584 square meters.
Details provided in the application’s design and access statement, say: “The general concept is to create an extension to the store to enable the internal arrangement to increase in size where the extension would create a new warehouse and back of house facility and the existing footprint would become the enlarged sales area.”
If the application is approved by the planning committee, the number of employees at the supermarket will increase from 35 to 45.
The application’s planning statement concludes: “The existing Aldi store has performed well in recent years and the store has become an established retail location, however there is a need for investment in the site in order for the business to remain commercially viable in terms of size, purpose and operational efficiency.
“The proposed extension to the store will provide a more efficient building without a significant impact on the remainder of the site. The design and appearance of the extension will be in keeping with the site as a whole.
“The proposals would constitute sustainable development and will deliver a range of social, economic, environmental benefits which should be afforded significant weight in the determination of this application.”
“The proposal will secure Aldi’s future in Plas Coch, by creating additional jobs, additional investment; and provide an attractive, improved store to meet customer demand.”
The application could be considered for approval by councillors at a later date.
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