Aldi demolishes old Co-op store to make way for new Montrose supermarket

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Demolition of the old Co-operative store in Montrose has begun almost a year after Aldi announced it had purchased the site.

The building will be cleared to make way for a smaller brand new Aldi store.

The discount supermarket has been granted permission by Angus Council to demolish the 37-year-old building and to erect a class one retail food store, car park, access and landscaping.

The Co-op announced in April last year that it would be closing down and would be selling the store to Aldi.

On August 1, 2015 the store closed and 37 people lost their jobs.

The JCBs moved in earlier this week and have begun stripping asbestos sheeting from the building’s roof and removing the cladding.

The main bulk of the demolition will happen in the next two weeks.

Specialist demolishers have been employed to handle the asbestos using protective masks and clothing.

The new outlet will create more than 30 full-time positions, according to the company.

Aldi’s proposed opening hours are between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 7pm on Sundays.

Last year, Stirfresh, a Montrose vegetable growing company, gained the contract to provide pre-packed vegetables at 58 Aldi supermarkets.

It is still not clear whether car parking will be restricted to customers in the store.

The current provision of car parking for train users is very limited and on a daily basis the Co-operative car park is full of cars left by train passengers.