Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:08 pm
Aldi has announced it is to close one of its Coventry stores, because it is too popular
The Roseberry Avenue store, in Bell Green, will close its doors for the final time at the end of March.
Aldi said the popular outlet was closing as in its current form both the store and the car park were no longer able to cope with demand.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to close our Bell Green store at the end of March as the store and car park are no longer large enough to meet demand.”
The closure has sparked shock among loyal shoppers, many of whom contacted CoventryLive.
And a petition has been set up in a bid to convince the retailer to remain open.
Rachel Green said: “I think it is such a shame and a sad situation.
“It is a big store and everyone is worried about it."
She added: “Staff told me it would be closing on March 31.
“I was told Aldi want to create a bigger store but can’t get planning permission.
“I don’t understand as Riley Square nearby is one of the areas that is meant to be getting developed.
“I think it was the first Aldi in Coventry.
“It is a big shopping place, it’s really popular and this area really needs it.
“My friend said she was devastated.
“Bell Green is a great community and unfortunately it is going to lose a major thing.”
Rachel said that the staff at the store were not losing their jobs, something which was confirmed by the Aldi spokesperson, who said: “All colleagues are being given the opportunity to relocate to another of our stores in the city.
“We currently have six stores across Coventry, including at the nearby Gallagher Retail Park, which also serves some of the Bell Green community.”
The Aldi spokeperson added the company was still keen to grow in Coventry and was on the lookout for new sites.
They added: “We are now looking for new larger sites in the city with more parking spaces.”
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Fight begins to save under-threat supermarket
Councillors have called for an urgent meeting with Aldi bosses over plans to close a Coventry store
A petition has been started in a bid to reverse the decision keep the Roseberry Avenue store open.
The change.org petition describes the Bell Green store as “a necessity to the people in the area”.
Now councillors from the Henley and Longford wards have written jointly to Aldi’s UK chief executive, Giles Hurley, calling for a meeting to discuss the store’s future.
The letter to Aldi, which has its UK headquarters in Atherstone, Warwickshire, has been signed by Longford councillors George Duggins, Linda Bigham and Lindsley Harvard - along with Henley councillors Pat Seaman, Kevin Maton and Ed Ruane.
They want to discuss the decision and highlight the importance of the store to surrounding communities.
Aldi said the decision to close the store had been taken because it was no longer able to cope with demand - both in terms of store space and car parking.
The councillors say the store is popular with families and elderly people in the area, including many without transport, who either walk there to shop, or use public transport.
A statement issued on behalf of all six councillors said: “We are very concerned at the confirmed closure.
“It is a lifeline for many and is not just a convenient place to shop, but a part of the local community.
“Its loss would be a major blow to many, including young families and elderly people who rely on it – not just for the weekly or monthly shop, but for day-to-day necessities."
The statement added: “It was one of the first Aldi stores to open in Coventry and the people of Longford and Henley wards have been very loyal to it over the years.
“We understand that it is a profitable store for the company and the latest line that they want to build a new store and car park makes no sense as this would not be completed by the time this closes by the end of March.
“As councillors speaking to the community there is a belief this is about boosting greater footfall at its newer store at Gallagher Retail Park which is not faring as well.”
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:07 pm
Councillors set for eleventh hour talks with Aldi bosses to save Coventry supermarket
COVENTRY councillors are set to issue a final plea to Aldi bosses to reconsider the closure of its Bell Green supermarket.
They are set for eleventh hour talks with directing managers in the region on March 4 and are backed by thousands of petitioners.
The popular supermarket on Roseberry Avenue, Bell Green, is facing closure because it cannot ‘meet demand’.
Campaigning councillors submitted a petition for Aldi to reconsider containing nearly 500 signatures – while an online petition has reached almost 1,000.
Campaigning resident Mel Gregory who started the online petition says the efforts have been ‘pointless’ as Bell Green customers have already switched to a nearby store.
She said: “We tried but we are only a few people. Our voices have not been heard and I find this disappointing.
“The Aldi at Gallagher (retail park) is going through a refit in early March just in time for Bell Green to finally close its doors at the end of March.
“According to the manager at Gallagher, Bell Green customers are already using the store.
“This was confirmed by staff at Bell Green.”
But Longford and Henley ward councillors – who have already sent a joint letter to chief executive of Aldi UK Giles Hurley – remain defiant.
Henley Councillor Patricia Seaman said at a full council meeting on Tuesday (February 19): “There is an online Change.org petition of 12,000 signatures. This closure is a big blow to the loyal customers of Aldi.
“This is the first Aldi in Coventry which opened in 1991 and is used by many residents in the Henley and Longford wards.
“This successful store is meeting the needs of local people as it is situated right in the heart of the community.
“Not everyone has easy access to other stores or can easily afford transport costs to shop.
“The residents and I ask Aldi to consider its social responsibility to its loyal customers and to reconsider the closure.
“As we are one Coventry.
“And hopefully when we meet with the directing manager on March 4 we might get some answers.”
Longford Councillor Linda Bigham, who moved the motion, said: “Our constituents have been loyal to Aldi and over the years it’s been a shop of great importance to the area allowing people who do not have transport to access fresh fruit and vegetables which are essential in our area where there is much deprivation.
“Constituents are bemused and amazed that a store would close because it is too successful something that many other stores would be glad of.”
Lord Mayor David Blundell confirmed the petition will be referred to Aldi with the backing of Coventry City Council.