Developers behind the move to create a Dalgety Bay Gateway ‘centre’ say a planned Aldi supermarket will help existing businesses to prosper.
Scarborough Muir Ltd is behind plans to redevelop the entrance to the Hillend Industrial Estate. Under the plans, which went on show to members of the public on Friday, 24 May 2013, an Aldi store would be built, alongwith a Marston’s family pub restaurant, a rebuilt Play Planet and premises for existing business, York EMC.
Graham Nicolson, property director for Aldi Stores, spoke to DalgetyBayToday about the plan and he highlighted the case for the Gateway development to get the planning green light.
He said: “We’ve seen elsewhere in the country where we’ve got case studies where Aldi has gone into a local area where there’s been small independent retailers, and that’s the key – independent retailers – small local businesses that are finding it quite difficult at the moment. We’ve seen a lot of spin-off benefits of us coming into local areas because we don’t compete with local businesses and we sit alongside them and complement them, and the two of us can feed off each other. What we’ve found elsewhere is the trade for those existing businesses has improved as well. In some businesses it takes longer than others, but because we don’t have the same offers and we don’t compete with those businesses it brings trade back into that area.”
Mr Nicolson said: “Let’s try and keep the trade in Dalgety Bay, let’s strengthen the trade – and overall, not just for Aldi but for the businesses that already exist in Dalgety Bay.”
William McAllister, a director of Scarborough Muir Group, said if plans were given Fife Council approval, by the end of 2014 the entire redevelopment should be completed and all the occupiers up and running at the ‘Gateway’.
Mr McAllister said: “We’re owners of the gateway site into Donibristle Industrial Estate and we’ve two existing occupiers, those being York EMC and Play Planet. They occupy, and it’s easily seen from outside, quite old buildings which are now beyond their usable life. So we felt that it’s probably better to rebuild new facilities for our occupiers but also in retaining both occupiers on the site we would like to add some new uses for the benefit of Donibristle Industrial Estate and also Dalgety Bay.
“We’ll be adding an additional 100 jobs to the 35/40 jobs that are already on site.”
He said he was pleased with public reaction so far to the plans and said response from the consultation event was positive.
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