Dartford's Waitrose closes after a decade, rumours are rife Aldi will take over

Dartford's Waitrose closes after a decade, rumours are rife Aldi will take over

Dartford's Waitrose closes after a decade, rumours are rife Aldi will take over

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DARTFORD'S Waitrose store has closed after a decade with rumours rife that budget German supermarket Aldi will soon be moving in.

The prime site in the Orchard Shopping Centre is not expected to stay vacant for long, according to Dartford Council leader Councillor Jeremy Kite.

More than 120 people will move to a new store or become unemployed.

News Shopper asked Aldi to comment on the rumours and a spokesman said: "Our comment is that we have no comment at this time" but they did confirm they were looking at opportunities in the town.

Research by Which? has revealed Aldi has beaten Waitrose as the nation's favourite supermarket.

Mr Kite said: "This is an important unit and I am confident the new tenants will have a good offer for Dartford.

"I am sorry to see Waitrose go and it's a shame for the staff.

"It is just vital the unit is not left vacant for long and it is not always important about the name above the door."

Waitrose closed last Tuesday and staff performed the conga before it shut. Waitrose' lease doesn't expire until the end of March.

It is expected Aldi will then make an announcement.

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6:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mouthalmighty says...

About time too. From what I have seen regarding numbers of customers, it could not have been a viable venture. I do hope the new tennants of this site are much more succesful.
About time too. From what I have seen regarding numbers of customers, it could not have been a viable venture. I do hope the new tennants of this site are much more succesful. mouthalmighty
  • Score: -1

7:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

That's another downward trend for Dartford because when Waitrose was there it brightened it a little bit but now it's gone it won't be the same.
That's another downward trend for Dartford because when Waitrose was there it brightened it a little bit but now it's gone it won't be the same. cherithporter
  • Score: 11

10:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Joelo says...

Worked in that store when I left school, was Safeway then
Worked in that store when I left school, was Safeway then Joelo
  • Score: 8

7:54am Sun 23 Feb 14

cherished says...

Wouldn't it be better for Tesco, a ready built store?
Wouldn't it be better for Tesco, a ready built store? cherished
  • Score: 5

9:46am Sun 23 Feb 14

paulbexleyheath says...

cherithporter wrote:
That's another downward trend for Dartford because when Waitrose was there it brightened it a little bit but now it's gone it won't be the same.
i think dirtford was aiming a bit high having a Waitrose store in the town. it would be more fitting to have an Aldi or lidl.
nothing against these 2 stores, but dirtford has a sainsbury , thats posh enough for that town
[quote][p][bold]cherithporter[/bold] wrote: That's another downward trend for Dartford because when Waitrose was there it brightened it a little bit but now it's gone it won't be the same.[/p][/quote]i think dirtford was aiming a bit high having a Waitrose store in the town. it would be more fitting to have an Aldi or lidl. nothing against these 2 stores, but dirtford has a sainsbury , thats posh enough for that town paulbexleyheath
  • Score: -4

11:47am Sun 23 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Perhaps they could get St Mungos to open a hostel there, or even a Sally Army soup kitchen. Somewhere for the local old paraffin lamps who pass as residents to congregate.

THAnk yOU
Perhaps they could get St Mungos to open a hostel there, or even a Sally Army soup kitchen. Somewhere for the local old paraffin lamps who pass as residents to congregate. THAnk yOU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -18

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