Aldi quashes rumours and reassures customers Montrose store is still on the cards

Aldi says Montrose supermarket is still on the cards
Aldi says Montrose supermarket is still on the cards

Discount supermarket Aldi has quashed rumours that it will no longer be bringing a store to Montrose.

The supermarket chain bought the former Co-operative store on Basin View earlier in the year.

The Co-op shut its doors in August, along with the Peacocks clothing store that operated within the building, after five years of business in the town with 37 people losing their jobs.

Montrosians have been concerned that the store may not go ahead as asbestos was found in the closed down Co-op buildings.

Aldi plans to demolish the existing building and erect a new supermarket and is currently working with specialist consultants who are advising the supermarket chain on the correct procedures to remove the asbestos.

The Review understands that residents were also concerned that there may have been issues between Network Rail and Aldi, as Montrose Train Station is next to the planned store, and that Aldi may not have been able to build on the site.

But Aldi have told us that it is still committed to bringing a store to Montrose and that plans will be submitted to Angus Council before demolition can take place.

An Aldi spokesperson told us: “As previously announced, Aldi acquired the Co-operative store site in Montrose as part of a package of acquisitions in Scotland.

“Aldi therefore owns the site which borders Network Rail’s interests and, as in all similar situations, Aldi is, and will continue to work in conjunction with Network Rail in relation to the construction programme.

“These should not be construed as complications and do not jeopardise the delivery of Aldi’s plans.

“Aldi has now begun preparing plans for the proposed demolition of the existing building and to replace it with a new, modern Aldi foodstore.

“These plans will be submitted to Angus Council in due course.

“As with many older buildings, there are elements of asbestos but this is factored into the proposed demolition process where we use specialist consultants to advise on the correct procedures.”

Robert Stoddart, property director for Aldi stores in Scotland, added: “I am happy to confirm we will be lodging plans in due course and at that stage we will be announcing further details of the new store.

“We look forward to bringing the Aldi brand - currently Which? Best Supermarket 2015 - to Montrose shoppers.”

The former Co-operative building had been a food store for 37 years - the Co-op open in 2010 and previous to that it was run by Somerfield