New Aldi supermarket could bring 40 jobs to Kingston Park with plans to redevelop empty shops

By Daniel Holland

Dozens of jobs could be coming to Kingston Park under plans to redevelop a shopping centre with a new Aldi supermarket.

The discount chain is hoping to move into the Kingston Court Retail Park in a move that would see a number of vacant shops demolished.

The former Peacocks, Luciano's, Springslite Gym and Rooftop Bar units on the site would all be torn down to make way for the German retail giant.

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Under the plans, which are currently under consideration by Newcastle City Council, the shopping park’s closed Poundstretcher site would also be knocked down.

A planning application lodged with the council states that the Aldi would bring up to 40 new jobs to the area and “facilitate significant private investment in Kingston Park District Centre”.

It states: “Importantly, the proposed development will provide a qualitative enhancement to retail provision in the District Centre, in turn retaining expenditure locally and encouraging linked trips to be undertaken with other facilities in the centre.

“The replacement of existing vacant units which do not contribute to the centre, with a modern unit designed for a named tenant will positively contribute to the enhancement of the District Centre and its future vitality and viability.

“The provision of new jobs in this location will also result in employee expenditure which will future support facilities, including shops and services, in the District Centre.”

The proposed opening hours of the store are 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Under the regeneration plans from developers the Hanro Group, the number of parking spaces at the retail park would increase from 318 to 375.

Aldi is not the only retailer hoping to move to the Kingston Park area, however, with Lidl already having lodged proposals earlier this year for a new store on Beaminster Way.

A handful of locals have objected to the Aldi plans, citing an oversaturation of food stores in the area.

One resident told the council: “This development will only increase traffic in Kingston Park which is already gridlocked at times.

“There is already a Aldi in Westerhope, Cowgate and Fawdon which are all close by. There is also a Lidl soon to be built in Kinston Park.

“Kingston Park as a community has no facilities - no cafes, pubs, playgrounds, gyms, restaurants or anything else for the people who live here.

“I object to building more of the same cheap shops in area where the local community have no facilities.”

Luciano's, Springslite Gym and the Rooftop Bar all closed last year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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