The Derwent Group has submitted plans for a new Aldi store and a coffee drive-thru on land adjacent to Glasshouse Business Park in Wigan.

The 1.5 acre site is located on the A49 corridor into Wigan and sits to the north of Glasshouse Business Park – where The Derwent Group has recently submitted plans for a £12m industrial scheme across 9.7 acres – which neighbours the Total Fitness gym.

The new plans will see The Derwent Group’s vacant land redeveloped to accommodate a 19,500 sq. ft Aldi and a 1,800 sq. ft coffee drive-thru to bring important new amenities to the local area.

Andrew Day, Senior Asset Manager at The Derwent Group said: “This scheme will deliver two popular retail outlets and create new employment opportunities, but it’s greater value is in providing the wider amenities required to fulfil our vision for the neighbouring Glasshouse Business Park site.   At Glasshouse we hope to create eight new industrial units as well as further support our existing tenants.

“We are committed to expanding our industrial portfolio across the North West and are actively bringing high quality new space to the market. Amenities such  as Aldi and a coffee drive-thru ensure they are the most attractive to future occupiers.”

Stuart Parks, Regional Property Director at Aldi UK said: “This site will be an ideal location for our second Wigan store as it gives us the prominent frontage and local footfall that perfectly fit our new store requirements. Opening a new store at the site will enable us to bring Aldi’s unbeatable value to even more Wigan customers in the near future.”

Andrew Day added: “If approved by Wigan Borough Council, these additions will help to increase local dwell time and create a well-served and sustainable community.”

The Derwent Group expects a planning decision early next year and subject to approval, will commence a nine month build programme in mid 2022.

The project team includes AEW Architects and Avison Young’s planning team, as well as Artal, Systra, WML, Zerum and Safety Sphere. Stratos PDI & Parkinsons Real Estate brokered the deals on behalf of The Derwent Group.

The Derwent Group is part of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation and operates in the retail, leisure, industrial, commercial and residential sectors.   The Derwent Group owns and manages 3 million sq. ft of commercial property including 2.1 million sq. ft of retail and leisure space.