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10 Year Battle For Winchester Aldi Comes to a Close

May 10, 2013 by admin

10 years ago plans were submitted by Aldi to open one of its stores in Winchester. One of Hampshire’s longest running controversies has now finally been laid to rest with the opening of one of the cut price supermarket stores.

Allegations were previously banded around that the city was described as too posh for such an outlet – an argument that was further bolstered when upmarket chain Waitrose were granted permission for a similar sized store on land next door in 2007.

It’s always been denied that snobbery was at play with the official reason given that the site of former Chimneys pub, Burnett Close, Weeke, wasn’t the ideal place.

Aldi was welcomed to the city with a large turnout of shoppers who were queuing at the doors from 8am.

Store manager Richard Laughlin commented: "There was a fantastic buzz down at the store this morning. It was great to see so many people down here for our opening event."

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