German giant Aldi’s plans to build a new, modern foodstore on the site of the former Co-op in Montrose are well underway with demolition work started on site last month.
However, the contractors carrying out the demolition say they have had a few concerns from members of the public about them knocking down the building due to the asbestos that was found in the former Co-op store last year.
But Aldi says it has been working with health and safety officials to ensure the building, on Basin View, next to the town’s train station, is demolished safely.
Robert Stoddart, property director for Aldi stores in Scotland, said: “Our immediate objective is to demolish a derelict and dangerous building which is why Aldi has brought in specialist contractors.
“The demolition work started last month and is on schedule to be completed by the end of May.
“We have been working closely with the Health and Safety Executive and our specialist contractors to ensure the correct procedures and all safety precautions are in place when working on a building of this nature.
“We have also been working closely with Network Rail since the store shares a boundary with the rail line.
“Once the scheduled demolition phase and site clearance is complete, we will then provide a further update on the construction schedule at the end of May.”
Planners were given permission to demolish the shell and build a new store around three quarters of the size of the original last month.
The Co-op closed last August with 37 people losing their job.
Aldi says the new store will restore 30 full-time positions.
The Co-op had been in business in Montrose since January 2010.
The building had been a food store for 37 years and previous to it being a Co-op the shop was run by Somerfield.
Currently the unoccupied car park is being used as an overflow for the train station.
At present, it is not clear whether car parking will be restricted to just customers of the new Aldi store.
The discount supermarket’s proposed opening hours are 8am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 7pm on Sundays.
Last year, Montrose vegetable growing company Stirfresh gained the contract to provide pre-packed vegetables at 58 Aldi supermarkets.