Aldi plays down Rasen links

Tesco, Market Rasen EMN-151008-094850001
Tesco, Market Rasen EMN-151008-094850001
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Supermarket giant Aldi has performed something of a U-turn and played down speculation it is set to open a new store in Market Rasen.

Last October, an Aldi spokesman said they had identified a site in Rasen as part of a countywide expansion, creating more than 200 new jobs.

However, in a statement released to the Mail this week, Aldi said they had ‘no plans’ to open a store in Rasen but was still ‘interested in the area.’

The news will come as a big disappointment for residents who said they would welcome Aldi in Rasen.

June Bulbeck, who works in Rasen, praised the possiblity of Aldi opening an outlet as “great”.

Her colleague, who did not want to be named, said: “I would love it because I shop at Aldi.

“At the minute, I have to go to Lincoln or Grimsby.

“Tesco could do with the competition.”

Another resident, who also did not want to be named, welcomed the possibility of a new store and said she had even heard rumours of its proposed location.

She said: “I really like Aldi myself.

“I think it’s to go in one of the old methodist type buildings.

“There’s one that’s been a car place.

“I think it’s going there but who knows?”

A local business owner told the Mail; “Another store would be great for choice.

“I’ve heard it’s to go on the old Travis Perkins site on Oxford Street.”

While the majority of feedback in response to a new supermarket was positive, there were some concerns regarding increased traffic in the town.

One local woman said: “Getting through Rasen just with the traffic lights is a nightmare.

“If more people are wanting to get through to go to a supermarket we will need a bypass.”

Some residents questioned whether a new supermarket was a priority for Rasen.

Jack Johnson rejected the need for a supermarket, suggesting what Rasen really needed to offer were more leisure activities.

He said: “We don’t need another supermarket. The two that we already have are fine.

“A swimming pool would be much better.”

When approached by the Mail for comment. Aldi were unable to confirm “any current plans” to bring a store to Rasen.

A spokesperson added: “Although Aldi does not have any current plans to open store in Market Rasen or Horncastle, we are interested in bringing stores to these areas.

“Aldi is continuing to consider the towns as potential future locations.”