A new Aldi supermarket will be opening its doors in Plympton next month, bosses have confirmed.
The new store will be run by manager Joe Seywell, along with a team of 28 colleagues from the local community.
The Plympton store will bring new job opportunities to the area, as well as offer more customers access to their goods.
Aldi Store Manager, Joe Seywell, said: “We’re really looking forward to opening the new store here in Plympton. It’s set to be a great day as we’ll be celebrating the opening of Aldi’s first store in the area, where we can provide the local community access to affordable, high quality food.
“It’ll be lovely to welcome local customers in to the new store and provide them with Aldi’s everyday amazing products. The team and I are looking forward to meeting our new customers in store from Thursday, August 13.”
The new Aldi store is calling on local charities and food banks in Plympton to register with Neighbourly, a community engagement platform that links businesses to charitable organisations in the local community.
Local charities that register will be able to collect surplus food and perishable products, such as fruit, vegetables and baked goods, up to five days a week. Any charities in the area that would like to partner up with the new Aldi store should email email@example.com.
The new store will be located on 1 Galileo Close, Plympton, PL7 4JW and will be open from Monday to Saturday 8am to 10pm and on Sundays 10am to 4pm.
The store has been taking shape over lockdown, with builders working on the site while socially distancing.
The application for the new supermarket in Galileo Close in Plympton was initially deferred in March last year before Plymouth City Council’s planning committee narrowly voted in favour of the scheme shortly after in August.
Aldi claimed the store will create around 40 full-time jobs and bring spin-off trade to the area.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “A new Aldi store in Plympton represents a significant investment in the city, leading to the creation of up to 40 new jobs, which Aldi will actively seek to recruit from the local area
“The new Plympton store proposal is part of Aldi’s nationwide investment, which will see Aldi more than double its employee numbers in the UK as it opens over 200 new stores between now and 2022.
“This includes plans to create at least one apprenticeship position per store, per year, which would see the employment of between 600 – 1,000 apprentices each year as Aldi strives towards 1,000 stores.”
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Labour councillor Darren Winter said the new Aldi was a welcome investment on a brownfield site which would create jobs and bring more local choice for shoppers.
The planning committee were told new studies showed enough parking at the development with 118 spaces for Aldi and 75 in an upgraded car park for Chaplins.