Discount supermarket chain Aldi is “actively looking” for a site in Uckfield.
The town is one of more than 30 places in the South East where the company is looking to expand, writes Paul Watson.
Aldi, along with Lidl, has shaken up the supermarket business in the UK by challenging, particularly on price, the “big four” of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.
The company said it had an ambitious UK investment and development programme which meant it was always looking for sites with a catchment population greater than 10,000 and ideally situated on principal roads with a prominent road frontage.
Uckfield itself has a population of around 15,000 and is set to grow substantially with the construction of 1,000 new homes at Ridgewood Farm.
The company prefers to buy freehold town centre or edge-of-centres sites suitable for development but is prepared to lease on existing or new retail parks or take over existing retail premises.
Aldi has a long list of “target towns” which would it will consider for development, if the right site were to become available.
*The BBC reported last autumn Aldi and Lidl had a joint share of the groceries market of ten per cent.
*Aldi has a store at Lewes while Lidl has one at Crowborough.
*At Maresfield work is continuing on developing the new Ashdown Business Park. Roads are being put in, including a mini roundabout.
It has been announced that John Lewis will be building a distribution centre at the site.