Hopes that the site of former Budgens’ supermarket in Hedge End will be re-opening as a branch of Aldi supermarkets seem to have been dashed today after a Eastleigh Borough Council spokesperson denied rumours that the German discounter was coming to the village but Council Leader Keith House has not ruled it out.
Last year the popular food retail chain – which has been capturing market share in the supermarket sector – announced that they were interested in opening new stores in a variety of locations including Hedge End.
Following Eastleigh Borough Council’s recent purchase of the former Budgens’ store for £3.7 million after it had been earmarked by a developer for 93 flats – rumours began to circulate on social media that Aldi would be taking the site over. Earlier today Eastleigh Borough Council told Eastleigh News that the site would be too small and a spokesperson for Aldi also confirmed that Hedge End was not on their current list of scheduled openings which runs to March 2019.
However, bargain shoppers in Hedge End need not give up all hope as Cllr Keith House later contacted Eastleigh News to say this was “not an accurate reflection of the council’s position.”
Cllr House explained:
The Council is seeking to work with a range of suitable retailers on the former Budgens’ site to provide a new store.
We have been clear there is no quick fix on this site given the condition of the existing building, but have every confidence that over time a retail solution can be achieved vastly better than the inappropriate high density flats plan put forward by the former site owners.
In the meantime we have re-opened the car park to meet the needs of Hedge End shoppers.