Fakenham may get Aldi

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Supermarket giant Aldi has announced proposals to invest in a multi-million pound food store in Fakenham.

It has targeted the former Peugeot dealership site on Norwich Road, close to the centre of town, as its favoured location and is preparing to submit development plans to North Norfolk District Council.

Should the plans be approved, Aldi would hope to open its doors in 2015 with the creation of some 30 to 40 new jobs. It has said that applications from local people will be given priority.

The company is celebrating after being crowned 2014 Retailer of the Year at the Retail Week Awards, won last year by John Lewis.

The Fakenham store would include free parking spaces for 82 vehicles, regenerating a run-down area which has been empty for the past three years.

Fakenham mayor Jeremy Punchard welcomed the prospect and said: “It’s good to know that a major investment such as this will be coming to the town.

“I also understand that the parking will be available to shoppers wishing to go into the town, probably on a limited time basis such as at Tesco.”