Talks over future of former garage site

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The transformation of a former fuel station and garage site could finally be on the cards after discussions are taking place with potential tenants, including an international supermarket chain.

Northumberland Estates is in talks with Aldi, as well as other major retailers, about land on South Road, Alnwick.

The site was previously home to Willis of Alnwick, which closed in 2009. Demolition work was carried out last year, after the Estates purchased the plot from Tesco.

The Estates has been exploring the options available to provide a ‘much-needed retail facility at this prominent location’. Now the land could be developed.

Colin Barnes, from the Estates said: “There is a strong desire in the community for the Willis garage site to be re-developed and that, with the right tenant, the site can play a huge part in ensuring that Alnwick remains economically vibrant in years to come.

“Our early discussions with Northumberland County Council have been positive and we feel that this development would complement the existing retail offer provided in the town centre and provide greater choice and competition between the supermarkets. The development would also create jobs both at the construction phase and in the long term.

“It’s important that the local community have access to a diverse range of retail options and we believe that this development will encourage residents to shop in Alnwick rather than travel to other areas in Northumberland.”

The Estates intends to host a public exhibition in July to outline its proposals to the community for the site.