Autumn start for construction of new Aldi

An artist's impression of how the new store will look
An artist's impression of how the new store will look

Bosses at the discount retailer Aldi have given an assurance that they ‘100 per cent committed’ to building a new store in Cupar.

A spokesman for the company confirmed this week that work will begin in November at the South Road site, with the new store expected to be open by next summer.

“Quite a lot of preparation has to be done before we can actually start construction,” he explained.

“There is the procurement process, application to the licensing board, the designing of the store itself and so on.

“We are working hard on all these issues and would stress to the people of Cupar that we are 100 per cent committed to building the new store.”

The 1600 square metre store will be built on the site formerly occupied by Martex Cash and Carry.

The proposal had prompted concern among some local residents about road safety and the application had been recommended for refusal by Fife Council’s transportation officials on the grounds that the proposed access point to the store would be too close to both the existing St Michaels Drive and Ceres Road junctions,

However, Aldi’s spokesman explained that as part of the conditions of approval a number of dedicated spaces will be provided for residents in the store car park and a traffic regulation order sought to put double yellow lines along South Road.

The pavement would then be widened and a new lane created to allow shoppers to turn right into the store.

Had Tesco gone ahead with plans for a new superstore on the adjoining site, they would have been committed to installing new traffic lights and a crossing - but Aldi’s spokesman said the situation could not be compared.