WORK is progressing on St Annes’ new £9m Aldi store.
Lancashire-based developer Worthington Properties and sister-firm Hollinwood Homes are now on-site.
The three-storey scheme includes a 14,155sq ft Aldi foodstore and 70 parking spaces for shoppers, 34 contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments, and sheltered basement car parking for residents.
The development is on the site of the former St Annes Conservative Club, Clifton Drive North and JobCentre Plus, St George’s Road.
Traders have welcomed news the scheme is under way.
St Annes Chamber of Trade co-ordinator Arnold Sumner said: “We’ve been waiting since 2005 and the whole site has been looking a mess.
“We hope it won’t cause too much disruption but it will be worth it in the end.
“It will be great for the town – especially the sympathetic design along St George’s Road which wasn’t nice at all before.”
The scheme set to be completed by November 2013.
Aldi had been under pressure to get the site tidied up in time for the Open golf in July.
Worthington Properties development director Russell Worthington said: “The development will be in keeping with the surrounding area and both the retail and the residential elements of the scheme will offer new opportunities for the local community.
“The new Aldi store will help to diversify the food retail experience in St Annes and help create new jobs for the area, while the apartments will offer first time buyers and key-workers the chance to own their own home.”
Mike Clarke, Aldi property director, said: “We are very much looking forward to the store opening next year.”
Coun David Eaves, Fylde Council leader, said: “This Aldi development represents a boost to a very prominent part of town. The two buildings currently on the site have been empty for some years and give a bad first impression to visitors which will now be improved.”