The Bradfors district of Allerton is one step closer to local jobs and investment as Seabrook Crisps announced completion of the sale of its old factory site to supermarket chain, Aldi.
The retailer is now the sole owner of the site on Allerton Road, with demolition of the derelict factory building due to begin this week to enable Aldi to commence building work.
Aldi will be redeveloping the site with the creation of a 1,550m2 food store and car park in a landscaped setting with a completion date planned for late summer 2016. On announcement of its plans at the end of last year, Aldi highlighted that the scheme will create up to 40 local and part-time retail jobs, deliver indirect jobs through services supporting the new store, and provide local construction jobs.
Seabrook Crisps chief executive Jonathan Bye said: “The sale completion marks a major milestone in our efforts to rejuvenate the site and we are pleased to be able to hand over the land to Aldi with the prospect of more investment and jobs for the local area.
“The sale also enables Seabrook to move forward with our own plans to further invest in our business.
“We’d like to thank Bradford City Council for their continued support in recent years whilst we looked for a solution to turn the Allerton Road site into a positive for the local community.”
Mike Clarke, regional property director from Aldi, said: “We are delighted to have completed the purchase and look forward to bringing our unrivalled combination of top quality products and unbeatable value to the local area in 2016”
Thornton & Allerton Coun Richard Dunbar said: “To hear the news that the sale of the site has gone through is great news. There is overwhelming support for the build of the new Aldi store in Allerton and I particularly welcome the 40 new employment opportunities the store will bring.”
Aldi is a significant investor across Yorkshire, with existing stores in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley and another currently being built in Bingley.