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Plans revealed for Aldi store in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Saturday 7th September 2019 at 9:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation: Aerial view of the proposed development.

Provisional plans for a new Aldi, Premier Inn, Costa and gym (The Gym Group) in Stoke Gifford are being consulted on ahead of a possible planning application being made in the coming weeks.

Aviva Investors, which owns the vacant site next to Sainsbury’s and between Fox Den Road and Great Stoke Way, says it has been working on the plans for the last four years.

The proposals were made public in early August when residents living near the development site were sent a letter and site plan (see facing page) with an invitation to provide feedback in an informal consultation.

Helen Rainsford, senior real estate director at Aviva Investors, said:

“We are delighted to progress these proposals, which will help serve the growing community, existing employment and passing trade from Parkway.”

“We did explore a number of different options, including residential and student, employment and retail. The initial feedback has been really positive, especially for the Aldi. With parking being an issue in the area, we have been mindful not to exacerbate the situation and make the site accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.”

Aviva Investors says it would welcome further feedback on the proposals, which can be sent to or by calling their agents JLL on 0117 927 6691.

There are also plans, still subject to confirmation, to give a presentation to Stoke Gifford Parish Council at a scheduled meeting of its Planning and Transportation Committee on Tuesday 24th September. The meeting takes place at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Park, starting at 7pm.

Subject to feedback, a planning application could be submitted “in the next month” and Aviva Investors says it hopes the new facilities will be open by early 2021 (subject to receiving planning consent).

Image: Aerial view looking south, with the Premier Inn and gym in the foreground. The rear of the existing Sainsbury’s store can be seen in the far background.

More: Site plan of the proposed development »

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Discount retailers target the Stokes and Patchway

Posted on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Mock up of Poundstretcher signage on Unit 2B.

The former B&Q building in Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford looks likely to become fully occupied once again by early next year following recent announcements from two major retailers.

Following the subdivision of the property into four separate units (1, 2A, 2B & 3), DW Fitness opened in unit 3 (closest to the Ring Road) in January 2017. Variety store The Range has since moved into unit 1, leaving the middle two units, 2A and 2B still to be occupied.

Shopfitters have been working inside unit 2B in recent weeks and it is has recently been confirmed that discount variety store Poundstretcher will open here on Thursday 9th November.

Back in September 2016, the Journal reported that a document submitted as part of a planning application suggested that discount food retailer Lidl was considering opening a store at the site and the firm has now confirmed its intention to open in unit 2A in early 2018.

A Lidl spokesperson told the Journal:

“Fitting-out of the new store is expected to begin before the end of the year, with a view to opening in spring next year.”

“The store will have a 1,485m² sales area and there are plans to create up to 40 new jobs.”

Lidl UK’s Regional head of property, Glen Stidever, commented:

“We are delighted to be opening a new store in Stoke Gifford, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We look forward to getting started on construction and opening our doors in the not too distant future.”

Diagram showing how the retail stores will line-up at Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford.

Above: How the retail stores will line-up at Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford.

More: Lidl also looking to open at site in Patchway »

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Lidl looking to open new store in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Friday 16th September 2016 at 10:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Former B&Q store at Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Discount retailer Lidl is looking to open a branch within part of the former B&Q building in Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford, the Journal has learned.

A planning application has been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council seeking permission to vary conditions on the original planning application for the building to allow its subdivision, permit the sale of food and drink and make changes to the external elevations, including the installation of full-height glazing and sliding double doors and the creation of a trolley bay.

The building has been vacant since B&Q ceased trading in June 2016, although only part of it had been in use for some years after B&Q reduced its floorspace.

Planning permission to convert another part of the building into a gym was granted in April 2016. That unit, at the end closest to the Ring Road, is currently being fitted out and is expected to open under the DW Fitness brand in the new year.

A ‘retail assessment’ statement submitted with the application states: “Although a specific tenant is yet to be finalised, discussions are ongoing and it is anticipated that the end user will be a Limited Assortment Discounter (LAD).” However, an additional document, the ‘transport assessment’, clearly identifies the potential tenant as Lidl.

According to the applicants, the proposal “will enhance convenience goods provision in the local area, affording local residents a greater choice of convenience shopping facilities”. Furthermore, “it will provide an additional discount foodstore and promote competition between operators”.

The retail assessment anticipates that the Asda store at the nearby Abbey Wood Retail Park will experience the highest level of trade diversion as a result of the proposed development, due to an overlap in target market. The new store is expected to derive 30 percent of it turnover from this source, representing a 10 percent impact.

The adjacent Sainsbury’s store is also expected to be affected, but to a slightly lesser degree, resulting in a 5.4 percent impact on convenience turnover.

Plans and reports may be viewed on the South Gloucestershire Council website under reference PT16/4626/RVC.

This article originally appeared in the September 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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