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Proposed Aldi Food Store, Pontfaen Road, Lampeter

Proposed Lampeter  Aldi Food Store

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the discount food retailer Aldi are collaborating on an exciting new development in Lampeter that could contribute significantly to the economic regeneration of the town and the surrounding area.

The vision revolves around the creation of a food village on a small part (30% in total) of the University’s playing fields at Pontfaen, which will include a brand new Aldi neighbourhood food store with a cluster of surrounding local food cabins to promote local produce and where activities linked to the food industry would feature regularly. The remainder of the land will be retained by the University for recreational use by its students and the local community.

The development supports the University’s intention to establish Canolfan Tir Glas – a new food and rural enterprise academy – on the Lampeter campus enabling stronger links between the town and Pontfaen fields providing it with a clear focus for the future.

Our Proposals

We are still at a very early point in developing our plans for Lampeter, however, this website contains the information we have at this stage. We have prepared an early indicative plan of what we are proposing.

You can view this plan of the site or download a brochure about the plans

The University in Lampeter

The University has invested in excess of £10m in the Lampeter campus infrastructure during the last decade and will continue to do so within the context of specific projects such as the Canolfan Tir Glas – a new food and rural enterprise academy and Food Village initiatives that will allow the campus to grow in future years.

As a key institution within the town, the proposal not only provides Lampeter with an exciting marketing and branding opportunity, but it also allows the University to work within its community, collaborating with a number of key partners to regenerate the local economy and to ensure the long-term prosperity and resilience of Lampeter and the surrounding area.

The University looks forward to celebrating the bicentenary of its establishment in Lampeter in 1822 and its close association with the town.

About Aldi – a Modern, Sustainable New Neighbourhood Food Store

Improved shopping choice for Lampeter

As customers continue to look for better-value brands to help make their money go further, it is important that residents have access to a wide range of shopping facilities. The introduction of a new Aldi food store in Lampeter would improve the immediate local retail offering, creating more competition and improving choice for the local community.

Aldi is well known for selling a variety of high-quality products at discounted prices. Our customers save between 30% and 40% on their shopping without compromising on quality, with everyday items available at low prices. A store in this location would also allow a large number of nearby residents to carry out their food shopping without the use of a car, and retain shoppers who may otherwise travel out of Lampeter to do their shopping.

We do not sell newspapers, tobacco, nor is there a butcher, fishmonger or bakery in store - this therefore creates linked trips to other shops and facilities within Lampeter that otherwise may not have occurred.

Sustainability

Aldi aims to minimise the ecological footprint of the entire business and is a climate-neutral company. Aldi continues to increase energy efficiency across the business, minimising the impact of refrigerants (we use CO2 refrigerants, the cleanest available), improving logistics efficiency, using renewable energies and supporting climate protection projects. We install electric vehicle charging points as standard, with the infrastructure to provide considerably more in future.

Since 2017, we use only 100% renewable electricity to power our stores. A heat recovery system from the refrigeration condensers provides almost all heating for the store, re-using otherwise wasted machinery heat.

Plastic and Packaging Pledges

Aldi aspires towards zero-waste business practices; reduce, reuse and recycle. We have made a number of commitments towards eliminating the use of single use plastics in our stores in our ‘Plastic and Packaging Pledges’. In addition, we only use materials for the development of our stores that perform well with regard to the environment, either through its composition, or manufacture.

Local Produce

We seek to source local produce which reduces miles from field to plate and benefits local suppliers. Following the setup of our Welsh Buying department, we now have the highest percentage share of total Welsh product core line numbers in the market. This is something we are very proud of and which we are pleased to tie in with the University’s aspirations for the Food and rural enterprise academy.

Local Jobs

The new Aldi food store would create approximately 40 new jobs, including managerial positions.

Aldi employees receive industry leading wages above the National Living Wage (at least £9.40 per hour), proven opportunities for career progression, high levels of training, and a guaranteed minimum of 20 hours’ work per week.

It is Aldi’s aim to recruit staff locally for its new stores and, as a result, most staff live close to the store where they work.

More information on career opportunities with Aldi can be found on the Aldi Website

Next Steps

A full consultation on these proposals will take place later this year. This will be advertised locally, as well as on this website. 

We are grateful for any early thoughts or feedback on the proposals. Please get in touch with us at pentrebwydlambed@planningpotential.co.uk with any comments or queries.