'New Aldi supermarket will be good for Beverley'
A MULTI-million-pound supermarket is set to give Beverley a jobs boost.
Budget supermarket chain Aldi has cleared the site of a former car showroom in Swinemoor Lane to make way for the development of its new food store.
Some 30 jobs will be created at the supermarket, which is expected to open in October.
East Riding ward councillor Kerri Harold has welcomed the budget store development, which she claimed would be a welcome addition to the town's retail offer.
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Councillor Harold, who represents the Minster and Woodmansey area, said: "I think it will be welcomed in Beverley. It's the kind of store we have previously had to travel out of town for.
"I'm sure residents will be pleased to have this supermarket on their doorstep. It will be good for Beverley.
"A lot of people will be able to walk to the store but it will also serve the hinterland villages as well, together with people coming in from the Hornsea and Driffield areas."
But some nearby residents are concerned about extra traffic.
Grovehill Road resident Peter Robinson, a former chairman of Beverley's chamber of trade, said: "I don't think it will affect trade in the town but I can see problems with traffic.
"It's part of a bigger picture. We have new development in Flemingate, development plans for the Grovehill industrial estate and the planned new bypass.
"I have nothing against Aldi but I can see a big build-up of traffic in this area."
But Cllr Harold dismissed concerns about traffic congestion in the area.
She said: "There were fears about traffic being a nightmare when the new community hospital opened further up Swinemoor Lane but those worries have been unfounded.
"Swinemoor Lane can take a little bit of extra traffic.
"This site has previously been a garage and a car showroom with traffic going in and out.
"I don't think a supermarket will be much different, I don't think it will have a detrimental effect."
A spokesman for Aldi said: "We have been keen to build a new store in Beverley for a number of years and we are excited to be coming to this vibrant and community-led market town.
"The location at Swinemoor Lane was chosen to provide a large residential population with immediate access to a local food store, thereby providing genuine choice and value for local residents.
"Our responsibility as the town's only discounter will also be taken very seriously and we intend to play an active role in supporting the local community."
Recruitment of full-time and part-time staff for the 990sq m store will start in May, five months ahead of the store opening.
The spokesman said: "We are looking forward to bringing local shoppers brand-like quality products at everyday low prices."
Aldi has plans to open a further seven new stores across Yorkshire this year.