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Aldi announces plans for new Cardiff warehouse

Posted by Trevor
November 29, 2014 in Retail

Low-cost supermarket chain Aldi has announced plans to build a multimillion pound warehouse in the Welsh capital as part of its recently confirmed £109m investment into the UK.

The £25m development, which is expected to create around 400 jobs, is due to get under way early in 2015.

It is part of the firm’s commitment to take a bigger slice of the UK grocery market.

Industry reports have suggested that there will be raft of new stores and state-of-the-art warehouses, along with distribution centres, coming online in the next 12 months. The number of stores being bandied about is 33, with 16 sites already confirmed with planning permission.

The new site in Cardiff will encompass 42,200 square metres of warehouse flooring. Based at the Capital Business Park in the Wentloog area of the Welsh capital, it will have 70 loading bays and around 250 car parking spaces.

It will also be built to a high point of 17.4m, due to Aldi’s demands for its tailored warehouse racking based model, requiring an optimal clearance of 15m inside the building.

When finished, the structure will easily be the biggest on the site, although a report by Cardiff Council has said:

“…the distances between the building and existing buildings locally are such that the structure should not cause unacceptable overshadowing or be unduly dominating.”

Planning permission for a distribution centre was originally granted a decade ago. Expansion changes were introduced to the existing permissions five years ago, with Aldi’s demands not requiring further alterations to be made.

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