Aldi looks at Golf Road site in Mablethorpe after Tesco pulls out

An aerial view of the Tesco site from the West (Golf Road end) where the entrance would be from the road, taken in September 2014. Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography ' www.kurniaap.co.uk'
An aerial view of the Tesco site from the West (Golf Road end) where the entrance would be from the road, taken in September 2014. Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography ' www.kurniaap.co.uk'
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Now that Tesco has pulled out of building a store on land in Golf Road, is supermarket chain Aldi looking to move onto the site in Mablethorpe?

With just over a week gone since Tesco made their announcement, Aldi has confirmed to the Leader that they are looking at the site in Golf Road as an option.

Mark Taylor, property director for Aldi stores said: “We are currently in discussions to build a store in Mablethorpe and we are now considering Golf Road as an option now that Tesco has pulled out.”

When the Leader spoke to other national retail chains, Sainsburys, Asda and Spar, all confirmed that they had no plans to open a store in Mablethorpe at this time and both Morrisons and Co-operative Food said that they do not comment on possible stores until a planning application is set to go in.

The site itself in Golf Road is six acres, so if a retail site was not able to fill the whole site, there may be future opportunities for something else. A meeting of the Lindum Development Liaison Group was held on Wednesday (January 14) which included speakers representing Lindum and Tesco who spoke about their latest developments in front of a room of nearly 40 residents and a number of local councillors.

A new supermarket offer for Mablethorpe was of course one of the main concerns during the meeting, as residents feared Tesco may land bank the site as the chain are renowned for it.

Mark Thomas, corporate affairs manager for Tesco North added: “We are in the early stages of a lengthy process and this is a challenging period for Tesco.

“We recognise the importance of the site and don’t want to stand in the way or prevent other supermarkets coming.”

Residents suggested the land should be sold to another retailer at the same price it was sold for, or less as a good will gesture for Mablethorpe after being messed about in the past. But Mr Thomas could not confirm sale issues at this time as it was not in his remit.

Group property director of the Lindum Group, Paul McSorley did confirm the site was sold for less than what Lindum paid for it.