Aldi set to move into former Toys 'R' Us site

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 10 May 2019

Budget supermarket Aldi has confirmed plans to move into Gallagher Retail Park later this year.

The store is expected to open in 2019, bringing with it dozens of new jobs.

This will be the third store for the UK's fifth largest supermarket in Scunthorpe, following on from ones on Glebe Road and Ashby High Street.

It seems likely that Aldi will occupy one of the units created by the former Toys 'R' Us store, which is being divided up into three units.

Along with a new store in County Durham which is opening this year, the openings are expected to bring 60 jobs to the region.

The likely site in the former Toys 'R' Us store on Gallagher Retail Park (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

Sandy Mitchell, Regional Managing Director at Aldi UK said: “We’ve set out ambitious plans for this year and we’re investing heavily across the North East to ensure even more people in the region can shop and save closer to home.

“We have a fantastic team across the area and this means we can grow and offer even more employment opportunities for local people.

“We’re excited to see how the stores develop over the next few months and I would encourage local people to keep an eye out for recruitment opportunities.” 

Planning permission was given in January to convert the former Scunthorpe Toys 'R' Us premises into three separate units which it was hoped would bring up to 106 full-time jobs.

The former Toys 'R' Us store in Gallagher Retail Park (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

It has been confirmed that the largest of the units will be occupied by a food store.

The planning statement said: "Unit A1 will measure approximately 1,686 square metres and be used as a food store and also sell a proportion of comparison goods."

"Units A2 and A3 will be equally sized, and will both measure approximately 697 square metres."

Building activity is currently taking place on the retail park to complete the units.

The news comes after Aldi was given the green light to build a 'bigger and better' store in Brigg than was originally planned, which is expected to create 30 jobs.

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