Plans for a new superstore to go on public display

Foxhunters Cars, Whitley Bay
Foxhunters Cars, Whitley Bay

A new supermarket could be built in the heart of a Whitley Bay estate after preliminary plans were unveiled.

Officials at Aldi have unveiled proposals to build a new store on Hillheads Road at the junction with Foxhunters Road, which would create 30 new jobs as well as additional employment during the construction phase.

Local residents are to be given a chance to see the plans and talk to the company about the proposal and any potential implications for the area.

The plans for the multi-million pound investment would see the existing Foxhunters Cars garage and showroom demolished to make way for the new single storey building.

A spokesperson for Aldi said: “A high quality design featuring high levels of glazing would give a crisp, modern look to the building.

“Attractive new landscaping and tree planting around the site’s boundaries would further enhance the appearance of the proposed site.”

The plans also include a new pelican crossing outside the store.

A public exhibition for residents to find out more on the preliminary plans will take place on Thursday, June 5, from 3pm to 7pm at Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC, Hillheads, Lovaine Avenue, Whitley Bay.

The spokesperson added: “We are excited about the prospect of delivering a new Aldi store to Whitley Bay as we are keen to offer the local community additional choice when completing their shopping.

“We would like to encourage the local community to come along and find out more about our proposals on Thursday, June 5, and meet the project team.

“If people have any questions in the meantime they should call our freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040.”

They added: “Aldi does not have a butcher, fishmonger or bakery, nor does it sell, for example, tobacco.

“Instead Aldi is known for encouraging linked trips between its stores and other businesses in local areas.

“The proposed new store will offer a complementary facility to Whitley Bay’s existing pattern of trading, encouraging local people to complete their shopping needs within Whitley Bay, adding to the vitality and viability of the local area.”