Ex­ist­ing leases hon­oured: Aldi

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CANDLER

ALDI may not re­de­velop the Cap­tain Stir­ling Shop­ping Cen­tre un­til the IGA su­per­mar­ket lease ex­pires in 2024.

An Aldi Australia spokesman said the Ger­man-owned su­per­mar­ket chain would hon­our all ex­ist­ing leases at the Ned­lands shop­ping cen­tre.

“How­ever, if a ten­ant de­cides to va­cate of their own ac­cord, prior to the ex­pi­ra­tion of their lease term, there is po­ten­tial that we could be in a po­si­tion to de­velop an Aldi store sooner than ex­pected,” he said.

He said Aldi planned to build a “small neigh­bour­hood store” of about 1500sq m.

Ned­savers co-or­di­na­tor Barry Nunn said the shop leases ranged from 1-9 years.

“There is a lot of com­mu­nity con­cern com­ing from the traders, peo­ple living nearby and those who come here reg­u­larly for their shop­ping,” Mr Nunn said.

“We want some­thing of a scale that is ap­pro­pri­ate to the area.

“Big scale means traf­fic, it means less room for other de­vel­op­ments such as other shops and den­sity hous­ing.

“Devel­op­ment on this site must be based on a sound plan­ning strat­egy from the City of Ned­lands. Oth­er­wise we are in dan­ger of an opportunistic spot devel­op­ment that dam­ages the cur­rent vil­lage ap­proach.”

Mr Nunn said the pro­posed Aldi would be about dou­ble the size of the ex­ist­ing 740sq m IGA.

“The re­jected Wool­worths pro­posal was over 4000sq m, which gives you a feel for the dif­fer­ence in size,” he said.

“Although we want more de­tails, Aldi’s time­frame is re­ally de­pen­dent on what the coun­cil does.

“Their de­vel­oper could not re­spon­si­bly say: ‘Yes let’s do xyz’, with­out know­ing the frame­work. So our pres­sure has got to be on the City to move for­ward with this study.”

Ned­lands Coun­cil will con­sider a plan­ning strat­egy for the site tonight.

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