Aldi to start on store

Former St Annes Conservative Club and Job centre site, which Aldi wants to turn into a supermarket and residential development.
Former St Annes Conservative Club and Job centre site, which Aldi wants to turn into a supermarket and residential development.

WORK is set to start on the new Aldi store in St Annes this month.

The stalled development at the key town centre site has been kickstarted back to life by the German retailer.

The new store is to be built at the derelict former St Annes Conservative Club, on the corner site in Clifton Drive North, and the adjoining St Anthony’s House, the former Job Centre on St George‘s Road.

Aldi originally submitted plans for a four-storey building comprising the new store, a new Conservative Club, 34 apartments and a basement car park in 2008 at the prime location.

But when the recession hit, the retailer could not find a development partner.

In the past three years, the two buildings have become empty eyesores.

Now Aldi has found a partner and is ready move forward with a scheme after getting the go ahead from Fylde Council.

However, the firm is still waiting for the council to grant ‘consents’ that go with the application.

An Aldi spokesperson told the Express: “Following grant of planning permission last month, we are preparing for work to be started.

“We hope to commence demolition in April and are aiming to open the store next year. “

Full story in this week’s Express.