Aldi has confirmed the opening date of its seventh Derby outlet. The discount supermarket chain’s new branch in Littleover’s Heatherton village will welcome its first customers on Thursday, April 28.
The German-founded retailer has created 40 new jobs with its new branch, off Rykneld Road, which spans 1,800 square metres, floor space enough for seven tennis courts. Once open, the new supermarket will join Aldi’s six other city stores in Uttoxeter New Road, Burton Road, Coleman Street, in Alvaston, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden, the Meteor Centre, and at Chellaston.
Paralympic GB gold medallist paracanoeist Emma Wiggs will be cutting the ribbon at 8am on opening morning. She said: “I’m so excited to be opening Aldi’s new store; it will be great to chat to customers and a lovely way for me to thank Aldi for its support of ParalympicsGB.”
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Store manager Gareth Truckle added: “We can’t wait to open the doors to the new store in Derby. It’s set to be a special day and having Paralympic hero Emma Wiggs join us will make it a morning to remember.”
The opening hours for the new store will be Monday to Saturday from 8am until 10pm, and Sunday from 10am until 4pm.
Plans to build the supermarket were approved at the second attempt in November 2020 after the original application for the store was rejected by Derby City Council’s planning control committee in 2019. Upon approving the revised plans, officers said the company had worked around the original reasons for refusal.
Despite 25 letters of objection to the plan for the store from residents, and three in favour, councillors voted nine-to-one in favour of the application, with one abstention. In the revised plan, the Aldi store was moved further south.
Late last month, a Derbyshire Live photographer visited the site where construction work has also started on other new buildings, which will be part of a new industrial estate. At the time, completion of the new supermarket was drawing ever closer, with the outer shell almost finished, and work beginning on the interior fixtures and fittings, and landscaping.
Earlier this month, the supermarket giant announced that it is looking for 145 new staff members in its stores across Derbyshire this year. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket and is offering roles at all levels, including store assistants, stock assistants and store managers.
The roles are up for grabs in the chain’s stores in Bakewell, Glossop and Chesterfield. The recruitment drive comes as Aldi launches a nationwide push to find new staff members, with 2,000 new jobs across the UK being created after 7,000 staff joined permanently over the last two years.