Work on a massive Aldi distribution centre near Derby that could eventually create up to 1,000 new jobs appears to be progressing well.
A fleet of earth-moving machines is currently stationed at the 100-acre site at Sawley Crossroads to prepare the land ahead of the construction of the 600,000 sq ft centre.
The supermarket chain first announced plans for the building in 2014 and preliminary work on the site began last summer.
The development, which includes a regional office, is strategically sited off the A50 and junction 24a of the M1. A new roundabout serving the site from Tamworth Road has already been completed.
Aldi said the giant centre will serve existing and planned new stores throughout the Midlands. In recent years, the firm has opened a number of new stores across the region – including Derbyshire.
And that pattern looks set to continue. Earlier this month, the discount supermarket chain announced plans to create 4,000 new jobs in the UK to support its expansion plans.
The firm currently has more than 700 stores in Britain. Now the business, which last year attracted nearly a million new customers, is eyeing even more stores.
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It has not yet said where these new outlets will be. However, if its recent growth continues, it will remain on course to achieve its goal of 1,000 UK stores by 2022.
In terms of the distribution centre, Aldi bosses have said that initially around 400 jobs will be created in its first few years of operation.
However once more stores are open, the number of people working at the distribution centre could rise to as many as 1,000.
Earlier this year, Aldi said it remained on course to open the Sawley hub by the end of the year.
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The development will include a 409,000 sq ft ambient warehouse and a 150,000 sq ft temperature controlled area, with 15 loading bays dedicated to the temperature-controlled area.
There will also be a two storey office wing and an area where returns from stores can be sorted for recycling.
In addition, there will be approximately 300 car parking spaces provided for staff and visitors to the regional office, including eight disabled parking spaces and motorcycle spaces.
Source: Derby Telegraph