Co-op to close doors while Aldi plan extension

Diss, Norfolk. The Co-Operative Food Store in Diss ENGANL00120140129150614
Diss, Norfolk. The Co-Operative Food Store in Diss ENGANL00120140129150614

The Co-operative Food store in Diss will open its doors for the final time tomorrow as Aldi wait in the wings to take over the premises.

The store, in Mere Street, will close tomorrow night at 6pm.

The Diss Express reported in January that 37 staff were at risk of losing their jobs, following talks between the Co-op and Aldi.

It was in February that an agreement was reached, with staff at the Co-op informed of the news on February 12.

In a statement from the Co-op, a spokesperson said: “Our store in Mere Street, Diss, will close, as planned, on Saturday, March 22. Of the store’s 37 members of staff, who are a mix of full and part time workers, 10 have found alternative employment. We would like to thank the store team for their commitment and hard work, and our shoppers for their valued custom over the years.”

The Diss Express has contacted the union responsible for the Co-op workers - the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) but had not received a response at the time of going to press.

Aldi, winner of Retail Week’s Retailer of the Year 2014 and Which? Best Supermarket 2013, hopes to open up their store by Christmas this year.

Meanwhile, the discount grocer has submitted a planning application to regenerate and extend the existing premises to South Norfolk Council.

Aldi propose a 40 square metre extension, at the end of the building towards Park Road. It will feature a new delivery area and entrance canopy.

The extension will reduce car parking capacity at the store from 90 to 76, but will allow for further retail space inside.

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