Retail giant Aldi is asking for views about plans for a new store in Torquay alongside a drive-through Costa Coffee.

The store chain is proposing a new outlet near the end of the South Devon Highway on the site occupied by Devon Garden Machinery off Torquay Road.

The discount retailer wants to build a new store, drive-through Costa Coffee shop, drive-through restaurant and takeaway, and new premises for Devon Garden Machinery.

It says it would also ask for outline permission for further employment space on the land at Kerswell Gardens.

The store chain has set up a website to gather people’s views about the plans.

Site of the proposed new Aldi store at Kerswell Gardens, Torquay

It says: “The proposal will provide local people with easier access to Aldi’s popular, high quality, great value offer, while maximising the potential of a brownfield site and improving the local food and drink choice.

“This significant investment will create over 80 new jobs, with the retention of all existing jobs at Devon Garden Machinery.”

The company added: “We’ve been searching for a suitable location for a new store for the Torquay area for a number of years and we’re really excited about the possibility of opening a store on Torquay Road at Kerswell Gardens.

“We know our customers are currently travelling to our stores in Paignton and Newton Abbot, so this will greatly reduce the need to travel, and improve local shopping choice.”

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It says the store would focus on packaged food and convenience goods.

That meant it would complement rather than compete with existing local shops and services in the area.

It says the site would be landscaped and include 168 parking spaces, with 10 for blue badge holders, seven parent and child bays, cycle parking and four electric vehicle charging points.

Aldi says the multi-million pound investment on a ‘brownfield’ site would improve local shopping choice and provide ‘much-needed competition’.

The next stage after the public consultation ends would be a planning application for the scheme submitted to Torbay Council.

There is more information and a chance to take part in consultation on the Aldi scheme online at this website.





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