A supermarket chain has said they are delighted with the support for the redevelopment of a Flintshire store.

Aldi has submitted plans that would see their existing 20-year-old building off Chester Street in Mold demolished and rebuilt into a modern food store for the local community.

The scheme has attracted an overwhelming support following a public consultation in March and April, with over 97 per cent of respondents supportive of the proposals.

Residents highlighted how an upgraded, modern Aldi food store and an improved car park layout was much needed and would improve the shopping experience for Aldi customers in Mold.

Bryn Richards, property director for Aldi, said: “We’re delighted with the level of support for our proposal to redevelop our Mold store. I would like to thank those residents and stakeholders who provided us with their feedback.

“If passed, our proposal would deliver an improved shopping experience for residents in Mold with a bigger, brighter store with wider aisles and larger parking spaces. It will also be a much greener building, using 100 per cent renewable energy and recycling energy from our chillers to heat the store.

Acknowledging challenges in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Richards says that the supermarket brand is constantly reviewing the situation regarding coronavirus and following Government advice.

He says should Aldi receive the green light with planning permission this will be factored into the timescale for redeveloping the store.

Mr Richards continues: “Aldi has been working hard to ensure that as many people as possible can access affordable groceries from Aldi.

“We have extended our opening hours until 10pm Monday to Saturday and restock our shelves throughout the day. We have extended our priority shopping time for emergency workers, which includes the NHS, police and fire service, as well as social care workers, first responders and many others.

“As a reminder, we ask our customers to observe social distancing measures guided by the 2m distance markers on the floors and checkouts and use contactless payment where possible. We suggest shopping at times when the stores are quieter, which is often in the afternoon and evenings.”

The redevelopment scheme represents a multi-million-pound investment into Mold, supporting the Council’s regeneration plans for the town centre. The plans would also protect all jobs of existing staff at the Mold store and would create around 10 new permanent positions for local people.

The planning application can be viewed on Flintshire County Council’s website, using the application reference 061258.