New Aldi to create 40 new jobs at Tarpots

New Aldi to creat 40 new jobs at Tarpots

New Aldi to creat 40 new jobs at Tarpots

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A BUDGET supermarket is set to open this autumn – bringing scores of jobs to Benfleet.

Bargain store Aldi will open at Tarpots on Thursday, October 23.

Aldi hopes to create 40 jobs, 10 more than previously expected, by transforming the former Focus DIY site.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: “The new store is part of our expansion strategy to help meet Aldi’s growing customer demand across the UK.

“We will be looking to recruit up to 40 new staff from the local area.

Further details about the recruitment process will be shared in the local press and at the site of the new store.

“Aldi is looking forward to bringing customers in the area brand-like quality products at everyday low prices.”

Castle Point councillors rubberstamped plans for the 1.32 acre site in April and hope the superstore will boost trade in the Tarpots area.

The development will include a 104- space car park with 90 minutes free parking for those visiting the town, including non-Aldi customers.

A plan to reintroduce a right-hand turn off the A13 into Rushbottom Lane has also been approved by Essex County Council.

St Peter’s ward councillor Bill Dick said: “I think it’s good, because to me the people have not got a lot of choice unless they go to Rayleigh Weir or Pitsea. There is a Co-op and a small Tesco, but it will help the people and bring the footfall in the area it needs.

The other shops may benefit as Aldi does not sell everything.

“When you look at the reception Aldi got in Pitsea, they were queuing up at 2am to get a bargain, it’s amazing.

They are good value and I think it will be a great asset to the people in Tarpots.”

Council leader Colin Riley added: “This is very good progress. We were very disappointed when Focus closed.

This supermarket is needed. It is the way people shop. It’s good for the borough and the people. Any employment in the borough is brilliant.”

The store applied to Castle Point Council for a premises licence last week.

ALDI’S new car park will be open to non-supermarket customers.

Alan Bayley, Appleton ward councillor, said: “The car park at the moment is difficult to get in and out of, but the new car park should not be a problem and I think other shopkeepers will feel that.”

The site in Rushbottom Lane has stood empty since June 2011.

Focus DIY closed its doors after the nationwide firm went into administration, resulting in 23 job losses at the Benfleet branch.

By January 2013, hopes for Aldi to take over the site were fading amid rumours it was focusing on a neighbouring branch as part of a £30million regeneration of Pitsea.

Castle Point Council then rented the car park to provide free parking to shoppers, but was given seven days to vacate in September 2013 as the Aldi deal reached its final stages.

Councillors finally approved plans for the bargain chain in March this year.

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7:12am Thu 17 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.
Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well. The King of Southend
  • Score: 9

7:14am Thu 17 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Regardless of what anyone thinks or believes, regardless if you take the view that many do 'we only shop in Waitrose'

Thanks to Aldi and Lidl the bigger companies have been forced into readjusting their prices as a result in a reduction of their profits.

It is good to see a new use of that land, bringing 40 jobs to the area although it must have an effect on both Co op and Tesco's which are both within a stones throw away, and are likely to reduce staff.
Regardless of what anyone thinks or believes, regardless if you take the view that many do 'we only shop in Waitrose' Thanks to Aldi and Lidl the bigger companies have been forced into readjusting their prices as a result in a reduction of their profits. It is good to see a new use of that land, bringing 40 jobs to the area although it must have an effect on both Co op and Tesco's which are both within a stones throw away, and are likely to reduce staff. alarminstaller
  • Score: 8

7:26am Thu 17 Jul 14

John Right says...

Looking forward to ALDI finishing off the greedy local traders, with their high priced and often past the sell by date food.
Looking forward to ALDI finishing off the greedy local traders, with their high priced and often past the sell by date food. John Right
  • Score: 4

8:00am Thu 17 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Excellent news as my nearest one is Wickford. Like LIDL, this store offers amazing prices on fresh fruit and veg and a wide choice of fresh and frozen meats, plus all sorts of wonderful miscellaneous items.

This week the store is full of baby products and also workwear, quite diverse actually but as far as I can see, great products especially as I have a son due to start an engineering course and a daughter about to have a baby.

I save a fortune shopping at these bargain stores and the best thing is, the low price doesn't mean low value.

I am well chuffed when I can stuff my fridge full of fresh produce and quality tinned and packet items.

And it helps to be able to stock up on low price fruit juices and lemonade for 17p a bottle, with a teenage son who drinks it as if it's going out of fashion.

Can we have one in Rayleigh now please, as some miseryguts stopped Rayleigh having a LIDL at Eastwood.
Excellent news as my nearest one is Wickford. Like LIDL, this store offers amazing prices on fresh fruit and veg and a wide choice of fresh and frozen meats, plus all sorts of wonderful miscellaneous items. This week the store is full of baby products and also workwear, quite diverse actually but as far as I can see, great products especially as I have a son due to start an engineering course and a daughter about to have a baby. I save a fortune shopping at these bargain stores and the best thing is, the low price doesn't mean low value. I am well chuffed when I can stuff my fridge full of fresh produce and quality tinned and packet items. And it helps to be able to stock up on low price fruit juices and lemonade for 17p a bottle, with a teenage son who drinks it as if it's going out of fashion. Can we have one in Rayleigh now please, as some miseryguts stopped Rayleigh having a LIDL at Eastwood. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 7

8:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

I too would like to see a LIDL in the vicinity of Rayleigh, as there is a dire need for a bit of healthy competition with the CO-OP and ASDA.
I too would like to see a LIDL in the vicinity of Rayleigh, as there is a dire need for a bit of healthy competition with the CO-OP and ASDA. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 6

8:25am Thu 17 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

The King of Southend wrote:
Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.
I agree, ALDI & LIDL have always looked after their staff, after all it is those people on the coal face, who ensure customers return time after time.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.[/p][/quote]I agree, ALDI & LIDL have always looked after their staff, after all it is those people on the coal face, who ensure customers return time after time. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 7

9:56am Thu 17 Jul 14

The King of Southend says...

I Hate The Cops wrote:
The King of Southend wrote:
Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.
What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.
Doesn't it start to chafe after a while though?
[quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.[/p][/quote]What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.[/p][/quote]Doesn't it start to chafe after a while though? The King of Southend
  • Score: 10

10:10am Thu 17 Jul 14

Chris Flunk says...

The King of Southend wrote:
I Hate The Cops wrote:
The King of Southend wrote: Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.
What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.
Doesn't it start to chafe after a while though?
Ha ha ha, priceless.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.[/p][/quote]What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.[/p][/quote]Doesn't it start to chafe after a while though?[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha, priceless. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 4

11:37am Thu 17 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Top tip for Aldi. Put the meat fridges/freezers as far away from the door as possible and not in a direct line to and from it and keep yer eyes open for the help yourselfers who might fancy a change from the Co-Op....
Top tip for Aldi. Put the meat fridges/freezers as far away from the door as possible and not in a direct line to and from it and keep yer eyes open for the help yourselfers who might fancy a change from the Co-Op.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:24am Fri 18 Jul 14

_Lotus_ says...

I Hate The Cops wrote:
The King of Southend wrote:
Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.
What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.
No, you can't.
[quote][p][bold]I Hate The Cops[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Southend[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. I believe Aldi are pretty decent employers as well.[/p][/quote]What paying minimum wage. Sod that. I can make what they make in a day in an hour probably.[/p][/quote]No, you can't. _Lotus_
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Cor Blimey says...

Brilliant! Can't wait for Co-Op to be driven out of town for far too long they have ripped off locals that don't have the ability to get to out of town supermarkets.

Can't wait to see them suffer! About time they and Tesco faced competition.
Brilliant! Can't wait for Co-Op to be driven out of town for far too long they have ripped off locals that don't have the ability to get to out of town supermarkets. Can't wait to see them suffer! About time they and Tesco faced competition. Cor Blimey
  • Score: 1

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