Artist unnamed - An artist’s impression of the proposed new Aldi supermarket

FORTY new jobs could be on the way to Aberystwyth after a supermarket chain announced plans for a new store in the town.

Cambrian News reported “German budget chain Aldi has announced its intention to develop the old Cambrian Garage and Kwik Save site on Park Avenue – a parcel of land the company has owned for nearly a decade.

The site has laid abandoned on the main thoroughfare into Aberystwyth since 2009, and calls have been repeatedly made for the land to be developed.

Aldi announced this week that it is “preparing a proposal to redevelop the currently vacant land off Park Avenue, Aberystwyth with a new, high-quality food store”.

The plans are a scaled-down version of a previously accepted scheme which would have also seen a two-storey hotel built on the site in partnership with hotel chain Travelodge. Those bigger plans have been shelved after discussions to bring it to fruition faltered, with the supermarket chain now looking to push ahead instead with a “modestly-sized” store with parking for 85 cars.

The company said that “approximately 40 full and part-time permanent local jobs” will be created as part of the plans, as well as “additional employment opportunities during construction and via the supply chain”.

The company said the jobs will pay an “industry-leading rate of £8.85 per hour as a minimum”.

Aldi said the new store, which will be “modern and contemporary” in design, would “reduce the need for customers to travel further afield”, with the company’s nearest stores to Aberystwyth in Cardigan and Carmarthen.

After a consultation period, a new full planning application for the scheme will be submitted to Ceredigion council” here.

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