Aldi confirms interest in Lees Co-op site
Supermarket giant Aldi has confirmed its interest in the Co-op store site in Lees which is due to close next month.
The retailer is in “discussions with the co-op about a sale” and hopes to complete the purchase later this year, according to an Aldi spokesperson.
It is currently unclear when the new store should open.
Last month, a Co-op spokesperson confirmed that the gas station and store on Owl Mill Street had been sold after news broke that the grocery store would close on November 5.
The closure has raised fears that residents will struggle to shop without incurring additional transport costs and an online petition has been launched calling on shoppers in the land to find ways to open a temporary store and employ the Lees staff.
Saddleworth West and Lees Liberal Democrat adviser Sam Al-Hamdani last week revealed he had spoken to Aldi North West property manager Adam Robson, who he said confirmed intentions from Aldi for the site.
Cllr Al-Hamdani said: “Aldi has confirmed that they hope to secure a deal for the site this year.
“The proposed construction works mean that we expect a delay before the store reopens, and this is our main concern at the moment. For residents with reduced mobility or lack of transport, the closure of the store may make more difficult access to their shopping.
“Anyone who will be affected by this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself, Cllr Mark Kenyon or Cllr Alicia Marland as local advisers, and we will look into the support you need in the meantime.
“We’ve already seen local businesses step in – fresh vegetables are on sale at the Lees Village gas station, which is a really great example of community business. We also have other great small businesses on the High Street, and we hope people will shop with them even more.
Cllr Al-Hamdani also said an Aldi spokesperson confirmed that four electric vehicle charging stations were to be installed at the Lees site.