Category Archives: Aldi Crow Lane store

Aldi Store update and application for longer opening hours

As of early April 2011 work, which started late March, continues apace to excavate for and construct the foundations of the new store.

10 Callery Pear ( Pyrus Calleryana ) trees will be planted along the frontage. These will flower in early Spring with a white flower. Additionally 4 Common Hazel (Corylus avellana) will be planted.

An application for an extension to the opening hours of one hour and an increase of three hours for service lorry access has just been submitted. Link to application is here

Aldi faces hard competition

Published in The Times newspaper on 9th October 2010

Aldi’s losses betray end of Britain’s cut-price boom

Marcus Leroux

The dramatic turnaround in the fortunes of cut-price supermarkets was exposed by Aldi swinging to a sharp loss last year in the UK.

The famously secretive German grocery chain’s British subsidiary lost £54 million in 2009, compared with a £93 million profit in 2009.

The company grew rapidly through the recession as consumers sought to save money and it opened a wave of new stores. Such success prompted the company to aim for 1,500 stores, up from about 400.

But since then progress has ground to a halt. A year ago Paul Foley, its long­standing UK managing director, left abruptly. His successor, Armin Burger, lasted only a few months.

Its travails have been matched by its continental European peers Netto UK and Lidl. Like Aldi, Lidl’s sales slowed dramatically as the mainstream super­markets fought back with more own- label ranges. Lidl has also had difficul­ties with its British management. Michael Mros stood down after only a year in the job.

In May, Netto pulled out of Britain by selling its 194 stores to Asda.

Aldi said: “We have invested signifi­cantly in upgrading existing stores and this had an impact on the 2009 result. “Sales edged up by a mere 1.6 per cent to just over £2 billion, despite a clutch of new stores.

Aldi — short for Albrecht Discount — was founded by the Albrecht brothers in Germany in 1946. It was a pioneer of discounting, focusing exclusively on selling one only variety of each product and shunning branded goods in favour of its own-label.

But the retailer has been frustrated by the lack of progress in Britain. In Germany, discounters control nearly half of the market. In the UK, they represent only 5 per cent .

In 2008 Tesco introduced a new tier of own-label “discount” ranges, claim­ing to be “Britain’s biggest discounter”. Asda cut the number of brands it listed to improve buying scale, while J Sains­bury introduced a “Switch and Save” campaign to encourage customers to buy own-label items instead of brand­ed goods.

The British grocery market is unusually consolidated, with the Big Four — Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Wm Morrison — commanding 75 per cent of the market.

Revised Aldi Store approved

The revised application for a slightly longer and thinner store moved right up to the Crow Lane boundary and a  larger car park was approved by the Development Control (North) Committee on 14th April 2010.

The chair person of the committee heavily criticised Aldi for declining to install any public recycling facilities with the new store despite a considerable increase in car parking area. Aldi’s reason was that such areas could be unsightly and there was an existing facility in Machin Rd. (This latter is 4 minutes walk away)

The removal of two further mature trees ( one pictured below) will be compensated by planting a further 4 trees on the site making a total of 14 new trees along the site frontage.

No solar or thermal power generating facilities will be installed on the new building because ” it would not benefit the proposal and would not be possible to integrate it with the building design”.

Aldi will pay £15000 towards the cost of a new traffic island and a right-turn lane for traffic coming from the east. And they will also contribute £12000 towards the cost of  a 4 day a week bus service operated by Lawrence Weston Community Transport which will connect outlying areas of Henbury and Brentry to the shopping area

Revised Aldi planning application

Aldi submitted a revised application on 2nd Feb for the store they propose to build on the former Swimming Pool site.

The significant changes are a 5 meter longer but narrower building (from 50m  x 22.5m to 55m x 18m) with the building closer to Crow Lane. This means Aldi will have to get permission to fell two trees with tree preservation orders on them.

If you read the summary document here you will see to what extent Aldi are making  efforts to minimise the the impact of their store on the environment.

A significant change is the proposed increase in car parking spaces by 44% to a total of 104 spaces. The car park will be tarmacadum with only the possibility of permeable block paving being utilised

The complete set of documents relating to the application can be accessed here

The consultation period ends on 2nd March 2010

In order to leave a  comment on this application for the planners open the comment form here

Questions and Answers about the proposed Aldi Store

Question Response from Helen Heggs of Turley Associates (Aldi’s agents)
1. Where will the collection area(s) be for  surcharge and flooding from the site be located. 1) The precise detailed design of the surface water drainage scheme is not known at this stage; however, I can confirm that the scheme proposes the use of a sustainable drainage system, incorporating the use of permeable paving.  A flood risk assessment has also been prepared demonstrating that the proposal is acceptable with regard to water/flooding issues (with specific reference to Hazel Brook and the culvert to the west of the site). The extant planning permission requires a full surface water drainage scheme to be provided prior to the commencement of development, and I would envisage that the Council would seek to apply a similar requirement in respect of the current application.
2. Will electricity be generated using solar panels on the roof of store. 2) As with the extant permission, there are no solar panels proposed. The store has a flat roof making the use of solar panels either unviable, or visually obtrusive. Aldi make substantial efficiency gains elsewhere through appropriate store location, construction and operation, and details of this are provided with the planning application.

3. What kind of trees will be planted to replace the 17 already cut down. When will they be planted?

3) The landscaping scheme now proposed provides for more trees and other soft landscaping than was shown on the previously approved scheme. The species have not yet been determined.

4. What recycling facilities will be placed adjacent to the store? 4) Aldi recycles its own waste using an approved contractor. No community recycling facility is proposed at the site.  I am aware that a Council-run recycling facility is located at Machin Road.
5. Will the thermal insulation of the building exceed the statutory minimum and, if so, by how much? 5) Aldi stores are inherently sustainable and heat loss and thermal efficiency are considered and continually reviewed as part of the design and operation of Aldi stores.  The efficiency of Aldi stores exceeds Building Regulation standards.
6. How many cycle parking positions will be provided? 6) Space is to be provided for 16no. cycles. This is double the number that would have been provided for by the extant permission.

7. Will Aldi provide/loan cycle trailers?
7) Cycle trailers are not provided by Aldi at any of their stores. Aldi do, however, have weekly special offers that often include cycle equipment.
8. Will there be any temporary closure of the public footpaths, etc. bordering the site? 8.) I cannot confirm at this stage whether any temporary stopping up of the public footpaths will be required in order to allow the store to be constructed.  If this proves to be necessary, the relevant permissions will be sought from the Council.