Aldi has applied for planning permission to build a new store on land close to the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.
The development would create up to 50 new jobs if given the go ahead and bring almost two acres of derelict land back into use.
It could also boost the city’s economy as Aldi seeks to work with local suppliers for products such as bread and dairy, and sources as many other products from British producers as possible.
City Mayor Paul Dennett welcomed the application and said it could bring significant investment to the area, now known as Salford Gateway.
“The AJ Bell Stadium was built as a catalyst to kick start the regeneration of this area and bring new jobs, opportunities and extra business into Salford. We’ve already seen national pub chain Greene King open on site and significant spending on improving the road and the new bridge across the Manchester Ship Canal.
“Further along the road Port Salford is taking shape which will bring 154,000sq.m of distribution warehousing, a new rail link and shipping wharf as well as thousands of jobs.
“Aldi is aiming to add more investment to this area and support our long-term plan to see this area brought back into use and providing jobs, training and opportunities to local residents. All their employees are paid more than the government’s National Living Wage and the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rate and they have an excellent track record of training and developing staff.”
Plans for the 1.79 acre site show a 1,786 square metre building, fronting onto Stadium Way and new access road from Stadium Way. It will have 115 car parking spaces, parking for bikes and motorbikes and will be easy to reach via public transport, pedestrian and cycle routes. The site will be landscaped with shrubs and trees and deliveries will be timed to avoid both the morning and afternoon rush hour.
Stuart Parks, Regional Property Director from Aldi said: “We see huge potential in this area around the AJ Bell Stadium which can only go from strength to strength as more investors take sites here. We hope to bring a new store to the site to help local people to shop and save closer to home.”