Developer JAYNIC and Aldi have announced plans to develop a new Aldi supermarket, innovation centre and retail kiosks on Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds.
These will provide sustainable facilities for both Suffolk Park, the adjoining commercial occupiers, and the nearby residential areas, reducing traffic congestion that results from shoppers needing to go to other parts of town for their food provisions.
JAYNIC, which has a regional office in Bury St Edmunds, has a strong track record of delivering employment and business developments in the region, will work in partnership with Aldi to bring forward new mixed-use proposals on the rapidly expanding Suffolk Park. The new supermarket will be Aldi’s second in the town and will trade alongside their existing popular store at Millennium Way.
The plans would see the creation of a state-of-the-art innovation centre, which would provide space for entrepreneurs and local businesses to expand. The innovation centre will complement the wider ambitions for Suffolk Park to become a hub for business and employment in the future. The project partners estimate that the proposals could create the potential for up to 200 new local jobs.
Roland Stanley, Property Director at Aldi, said: “Since Aldi first opened in Bury St Edmunds over 10 years ago, our store on Millennium Way has become extremely popular, and many of our customers are already travelling across town to shop at Aldi.
“A new store will be more convenient for those people, as well as easing congestion at the existing store. A number of our stores in East Anglia already trade successfully next to business parks and are a valuable amenity for those businesses and their staff. We are delighted to be working with JAYNIC and to be a part of this exciting next phase of development at Suffolk Park.”
The announcement follows news last summer that JAYNIC has let its 147,000 sq ft logistics warehouse on Suffolk Park to Unipart acting as the provider for the NHS Supply Chain
JAYNIC has already started the development of a 112,000 sq ft facility for Treatt plc representing the first phase of its new global HQ. Treatt is a global ingredients manufacturer and solutions provider to the flavour, fragrance and consumer goods markets.
Additionally, another local company Sealey has bought 7.5 acres at Suffolk Park for further expansion and JAYNIC has completed terms with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) for a new 26,000 sq ft Make Ready facility.
Because of this success, JAYNIC has submitted a detailed planning application to West Suffolk Council for a further 367,000 sq ft of warehouse units.
More information about the upcoming planning application is expected to be released in the near future.