Store plans will surely split opinion in town

Plans for an Aldi store and Majestic Wine outlet at the former Willis of Alnwick site will no doubt split opinion.

If the scheme does go ahead, then the creation of at least 30 jobs is something that can not be scoffed at.

Then there’s the fact that a derelict site on a main approach to the town centre would be brought back into use.

But on the other hand, can Alnwick sustain an Aldi? This is, after all, a town which already has a Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Iceland and three Co-operative stores.

Some may say that another store will give customers even more choice. It’s important to remember that folk from outside Alnwick also travel here to use the shops.

Currently the closest Aldi is Ashington in the south and Berwick in the north, while the nearest Majestic Wine stores are in Newcastle and Berwick.

But would this development be considered as ‘out-of-town’ and therefore suck further trade away from the shops in Alnwick’s high street?

If so, maybe the 30-odd jobs created would come at the expense of others in the town.