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Aldi will open store in Brighton's London Road

The Argus: Aldi will open store in Brighton's London Road Aldi will open store in Brighton's London Road

A struggling shopping area beset by crime has been boosted by news a budget supermarket has decided to push ahead with opening a new store after all.

There had been concerns that Aldi was going to axe its plans to open in London Road, Brighton, after the German firm announced a review of the scheme in May.

Pulling out would have dealt another blow to traders in the once thriving street who this month pleaded with Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police to do something to help the beleaguered area.

They said crime and drug abuse had become major issues and several shops, including the “anchor” Co-op department store, had closed due to poor business.

Aldi yesterday confirmed it would be pushing ahead with plans to open a shop at the old Sainsbury’s site at the corner of Cheapside.

Traders welcomed the announcement.

Florist May Cragg, who runs Patricia’s in London Road, said: “At last we can have some good news. We’ve got people coming in rather than going out. We’ll have a shop there rather than an empty building.”

Aldi said it would spend the next few months transforming the building ready to open in early 2009. Before the review it had been due to start trading early this year. The firm runs around 5,000 stores worldwide and operates with a low-cost philosophy. Goods are stacked on pallets on the floor and few shop staff are employed.

Aldi property director Mark Taylor said: "We are investing several million pounds into our new Brighton store in order to deliver a unique and exciting shopping experience.

"I look forward to welcoming the whole community when we open.”

He said Aldi’s low prices could save shoppers significant amounts on their bills.

The council spokesman said it had worked with the firm to get to the point where the store could open.

He said: “We’re delighted at this commitment by such a big firm to the area. Despite ongoing problems, we have high hopes that London Road can improve both in terms of its environment and its economic success. We are now working closely with traders to develop a plan to improve the area and we will continue to tell the public about developments as they happen.”

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1:10pm Fri 19 Sep 08

andygunner says...

i love aldi. its like the supermarkets you get on holiday. so when im in there, i feel like im on my hols, and end up buying weird tinned stuff without really knowing what it is! pass me the stroggollos dear.....
i love aldi. its like the supermarkets you get on holiday. so when im in there, i feel like im on my hols, and end up buying weird tinned stuff without really knowing what it is! pass me the stroggollos dear..... andygunner
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1:54pm Fri 19 Sep 08

Daisy Johnson says...

I think Aldi should take over from the co-op in Neville Road Hove. It must be the only super market that is continuously almost empty and where the food freeze break down every week.
I think Aldi should take over from the co-op in Neville Road Hove. It must be the only super market that is continuously almost empty and where the food freeze break down every week. Daisy Johnson
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2:08pm Fri 19 Sep 08

BEN-jam says...

I love Aldi's, their philosophy is all about stack it high and sell it cheap, just like Asda and the like, but how can the chav families that will use/shoplift here be expected to carry all their shopping home on the bus! – there’s no parking at this store, apart from the hugely expensive & dangerous NCP car park....still Aldi sell cheapo vodka & cider which I’m sure will be their number 1 best seller at this location!
I love Aldi's, their philosophy is all about stack it high and sell it cheap, just like Asda and the like, but how can the chav families that will use/shoplift here be expected to carry all their shopping home on the bus! – there’s no parking at this store, apart from the hugely expensive & dangerous NCP car park....still Aldi sell cheapo vodka & cider which I’m sure will be their number 1 best seller at this location! BEN-jam
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2:31pm Fri 19 Sep 08

arguschunks says...

at last.

Now i have easy access to 56 different kinds of tinned hot dog within walking distance.
at last. Now i have easy access to 56 different kinds of tinned hot dog within walking distance. arguschunks
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2:36pm Fri 19 Sep 08

Redbeard says...

The only chavs I see at Waitrose are the ones waiting for buses outside...
The only chavs I see at Waitrose are the ones waiting for buses outside... Redbeard
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4:24pm Fri 19 Sep 08

Angela Brighton says...

Sounds like very good news for London Road - even the other Traders like the idea. Definitely the best news for the area for a long time.

I hope the self opinionated ego tripping organiser of the 'I dont like Starbucks in St James's Street crew' will learn a little something from this. Namely, when your street is a cess pit of homeless drunks drug users and yobs, big name shops on the street must be a step in right direction because they are very likely to bring pressure on police and councils to sort out the problems.

In case you are wondering Mr Whats yer Face, I live in Kemptown, and you DO NOT represent the views of the vast majority in the area.
Sounds like very good news for London Road - even the other Traders like the idea. Definitely the best news for the area for a long time. I hope the self opinionated ego tripping organiser of the 'I dont like Starbucks in St James's Street crew' will learn a little something from this. Namely, when your street is a cess pit of homeless drunks drug users and yobs, big name shops on the street must be a step in right direction because they are very likely to bring pressure on police and councils to sort out the problems. In case you are wondering Mr Whats yer Face, I live in Kemptown, and you DO NOT represent the views of the vast majority in the area. Angela Brighton
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5:26pm Fri 19 Sep 08

Strugg Lynn says...

I was so pleased to see the banners out confirming Aldi was opening. I went to Lidl in Burgess Hill last week whilst visiting a friend - spring onions there 39p, Sainsburys this week 78p.. (a spring onion is a spring onion)just one of several quality items at a reasonable price. There has been a lot of negative comments regarding this area but improvements are already in place to go with this news such as nicer places like Moksha caffe an thankfully independent outlet. Here's to more sensible regeneration of this area.
I was so pleased to see the banners out confirming Aldi was opening. I went to Lidl in Burgess Hill last week whilst visiting a friend - spring onions there 39p, Sainsburys this week 78p.. (a spring onion is a spring onion)just one of several quality items at a reasonable price. There has been a lot of negative comments regarding this area but improvements are already in place to go with this news such as nicer places like Moksha caffe an thankfully independent outlet. Here's to more sensible regeneration of this area. Strugg Lynn
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5:43pm Fri 19 Sep 08

sussex2 says...

Aldi are experts at working out where to put their shops.
Enough said.
Aldi are experts at working out where to put their shops. Enough said. sussex2
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8:26am Sat 20 Sep 08

whatithink says...

Putting an Aldi store in London Rd is a good idea, and it will help to drive out all the winos and crackeheads - because Aldi are a big firm with plenty of clout - and they will insist on a police presence if these people continue to cause problems (which they will).
However, welcome though this is - it still doesn't excuse the need for ZERO TOLERANCE 24 hr POLICING - which is the only way these scum are going to be driven out of the London Rd area.
It's been a fortnight since the banner headlines in the Argus about London Rd - and there still isn't a 24 hr police presence or a zero tolerance approach.
Putting an Aldi store in London Rd is a good idea, and it will help to drive out all the winos and crackeheads - because Aldi are a big firm with plenty of clout - and they will insist on a police presence if these people continue to cause problems (which they will). However, welcome though this is - it still doesn't excuse the need for ZERO TOLERANCE 24 hr POLICING - which is the only way these scum are going to be driven out of the London Rd area. It's been a fortnight since the banner headlines in the Argus about London Rd - and there still isn't a 24 hr police presence or a zero tolerance approach. whatithink
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4:02pm Sun 21 Sep 08

Pontop Pike says...

Strugg Lynn wrote:
I was so pleased to see the banners out confirming Aldi was opening. I went to Lidl in Burgess Hill last week whilst visiting a friend - spring onions there 39p, Sainsburys this week 78p.. (a spring onion is a spring onion)just one of several quality items at a reasonable price. There has been a lot of negative comments regarding this area but improvements are already in place to go with this news such as nicer places like Moksha caffe an thankfully independent outlet. Here's to more sensible regeneration of this area.
NO NO NO!

A spring onion is NOTHING unless its in a Sainsbury`s or Waitrose carrier bag.

Image IS everything!
[quote][bold]Strugg Lynn[/bold] wrote: I was so pleased to see the banners out confirming Aldi was opening. I went to Lidl in Burgess Hill last week whilst visiting a friend - spring onions there 39p, Sainsburys this week 78p.. (a spring onion is a spring onion)just one of several quality items at a reasonable price. There has been a lot of negative comments regarding this area but improvements are already in place to go with this news such as nicer places like Moksha caffe an thankfully independent outlet. Here's to more sensible regeneration of this area. [/quote]NO NO NO! A spring onion is NOTHING unless its in a Sainsbury`s or Waitrose carrier bag. Image IS everything! Pontop Pike
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1:34pm Mon 22 Sep 08

RichardK says...

I'd just like to point out that the Co Op has shut all its department stores, so the closure of the London Road one is not because of its location.

It will be good for the area to have one less boarded up shop, though there is a long way to go. What is really needed is for the old Co Op and the Open Market to be redeveloped to attract more people to shop in the area.

The council concentrate too much on the centre of Brighton to give the impression of a thriving, trendy place for tourists and neglect pretty much everywhere else.
I'd just like to point out that the Co Op has shut all its department stores, so the closure of the London Road one is not because of its location. It will be good for the area to have one less boarded up shop, though there is a long way to go. What is really needed is for the old Co Op and the Open Market to be redeveloped to attract more people to shop in the area. The council concentrate too much on the centre of Brighton to give the impression of a thriving, trendy place for tourists and neglect pretty much everywhere else. RichardK
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2:54pm Mon 22 Sep 08

Strugg Lynn says...

Quite Pontop Pike. And if you carry your onions in a M&S or Spar bag, you pay them to advertise for them...
Quite Pontop Pike. And if you carry your onions in a M&S or Spar bag, you pay them to advertise for them... Strugg Lynn
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