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The store is expected to be smaller than Wickes, but is thought to create jobs and greater convenience for local people

The German supermarket chain was given unanimous backing by the Norwich City Council Planning Committee to open for business on the Drayton Road site currently occupied by Wickes and Topps Tiles. Retail Smart, providers of store planning software have commented on the plan.

This planning application has placed the future of the current stores in doubt. A spokesperson for Topps Tiles said: “We are aware of the outcome of the planning application on Drayton Road and will continue to work closely with the planners and landlords following this decision, to deliver a solution that meets both our needs and the needs of the specific site.”

In another change to the area, new access for pedestrians will be provided for walkers heading there from St Augustines Street along with an entrance from the riverside walk. There will also be more parking spaces, with 162 bays for cars as well as 60 spaces for cyclists. The proposed opening times for the Aldi store will be from 8am to 10pm, with Sunday opening hours of 10am to 6pm.

The store is expected to be smaller than Wickes, but is thought to create jobs and greater convenience for local people. A spokesperson for Retail Smart, a UK planogram company, commented on the news. They said: “Norwich will be boosted by the presence of such a well-known supermarket and this gives residents more options when doing their weekly shop and added convenience for people urgently needing certain items at short notice.

“For Aldi to become popular in the area there will extensive thought given to where products are placed in order to capture shoppers’ attention. This is how our expertise can be utilised at Retail Smart as we are experienced at helping clients get the most out of their store space. As Aldi is expected to be smaller than the current Wickes store, this is of imperative importance.”

Retail Smart is a UK planogram and store planning software and services company. They supply services ranging from planograms, store planning, range assortment retail solutions and interactive 3D retail experiences. Retail Smart help their clients to build credible product range and optimise their shelf and store space.

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