One of Aldi’s large new outlets has opened in Cornwall and Stratton Creber Commercial is proud to have introduced the site to this major and expanding retailer.

The store in Bodmin – one of 70 opened in 2018 by the ‘Grocer of the Year’ – was constructed to a striking, modern design, on a site developed by a local developer and extends to a net retail area of 1254 sq m (13,500 sq ft), gross area 1750 sq m (18,800 sq ft), while respecting its position in the landscape using local and traditional materials.

Aldi have long had a desire to develop a food retail unit for the growing population of Bodmin and the surrounding area of East and Mid Cornwall.

The store will offer direct pedestrian access to the new housing under construction on land adjoining Aldi continues to expand throughout Cornwall and Devon, with recent openings in Wadebridge, Redruth and Southway, Plymouth and a number of further stores in planning.

Bodmin, strategically located in the central eastern part of Cornwall and at the junction of the A30 dual carriageway with the A38 linking with Liskeard and Plymouth through to Exeter, is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The population has increased from around 11000 as recently as 2010 to an estimated 15300 in 2017. The town has benefitted in particular from the dualling of A30, which now completes an unbroken dual carriageway or motorway all the way from Truro through to Glasgow. The town has a historic core, strong independent retail sector, and has been the subject of extensive, and much publicised, public realm investment to improve the attraction of the town to cycling visitors, especially those visiting the Camel trail.

House building is active to the south east of the town straddling the A389 and north and west, over the site of the well known St Lawrence’s Hospital and on land towards Wadebridge and the North coast. In addition to housebuilding, the town has enjoyed expansion of the employment base with a number of major new factories and smaller business employers on modern industrial estates, located between the town and the Launceston Road/A30 junction.

The importance of this location in ancient times is also recorded by an interesting interpretive plaque, together with a seating and viewing area, forming part of the Aldi Store site, giving visitors and store customers information about the nearby Canyke, the largest Iron Age hill fort in Cornwall, constructed on the highest point which controlled access from the Glynn Valley and from the north, 2000 years ago.