Key retailer secured for Bedlington scheme
A major boost has been secured for Bedlington town centre with an international retailer set to move in – with more retailers potentially following.
Advanced Northumberland has secured a deal with supermarket chain Aldi as part of an overall package that could create more than 180 jobs.
Officials say contracts have been exchanged for the sale of a 1.5-acre site that will deliver a new 19,000sq ft food store in the heart of Bedlington town centre.
Aldi will form an integral part of the scheme, a development that is already attracting a number of other national retailers who are lined up to join them.
Working on behalf of Northumberland County Council, Advance Northumberland has been overseeing the work to revitalise the town.
Officials say the delivery of a major new development will reposition Bedlington as a retail destination, improving amenities and giving local people greater choice.
Further announcements of other retailers joining the scheme are expected to follow over coming months.
Work by Aldi on the site is expected to start in 2020.
Advance Northumberland plan to start their works to ensure both developments are aligned.
Once complete it is estimated the combined schemes will create more than 180 new jobs along with 70 construction jobs during the construction phase.
Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Advance Northumberland, said: “The project is central to the regeneration of Bedlington town centre. We are delighted to announce a commitment to the scheme and provide much needed new retail amenities for local people.
“Aldi will provide a resurgence to the town centre retail offer and will drive footfall to support and attract other retailers.
“We have put a significant amount of resources and time into this development, demonstrating our commitment to deliver the best possible outcome for Bedlington.”
Plans to transform the site of the former Tesco store and surrounding areas were first announced in 2017, with residents waiting several months for the name of the first business moving in to be revealed.