Locals flocks to Brunel Road to witness the opening of the much-awaited Aldi Superstore in Teignbridge.
The 1,140 square metre food store was officially opened to the public on the morning of August 1, 2019, with the store manager, Tre Templar, cutting the ribbon and welcoming the crowd. Alongside him was the area manager, Bella Brown, Newton Abbot mayor, Richard Jenks, mayoress, Karen Jenks, and town development manager, Sally Henley.
The scheme was set to demolish a Victorian rail shed on a Heritage and Conservation area, and this did not go well with some. The Save Our Shed group challenged the initial plans, which had thrown it into the district’s doubt and disapproval.
Val Harrison, a heritage consultant, defended the railway heritage of the Newton Abbot, saying that pushing through with the demolition would be wrong.
Duncan Arnold, on behalf of the community, also shared a qualm on the possible increase in traffic and the impact on the people’s amenity.
Business manager for Strategic Place, Nick Davies, explained in behalf of Aldi, how the nature of the building design will not prove detrimental to the railway heritage and resident amenity.
Dan Templeton of Aldi said that there was a need for development and the bespoke design was in respect for the heritage. Also, he claimed that “the vast majority of people have supported the site in all our consultations, and the building is not a listed building and has been turned down for listings by Historic England on three separate occasions.”
After thorough discussion and evaluation, the plans were eventually approved by the Teignbridge District council, with 14 votes to 4 on February 2019.
The development comprises of a food store, with 99 car parking spaces and small units for employment. The management was thankful for the support of the community.
Tre Templar said that the store hours will be from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on Mondays to Saturdays and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays.