ALDI coming to the city centre

GERMANY'S international discount supermarket chain — ALDI — will soon become a permanent fixture in Liverpool's central business district.

The supermarket will become Liverpool Plaza's new anchor tenant, following the closure of Franklins last November.

The store has been approved for a refit, an expansion of the floor space and the construction of a new loading dock area.

Once opened, ALDI is expected to boost the pedestrian traffic to the Macquarie Street shopping complex, lost over recent months.

Liverpool Quality Meats owner Steven Luong said his store experienced a 40 per cent drop in sales in the lead up to Franklins' closure.

"And sales are still declining," he said in an earlier interview.

"All the tenants here are really struggling, I just hope the new anchor tenant comes soon."

Aldi has not released a start date for works to the site but a spokeswoman told the Champion contracts were still being finalised.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said an ALDI store in the CBD would drive competition among grocery retailers.

"It will also attract consumers to the city centre and secure more employment opportunities for the growing community," he said.

"Liverpool Council general manager, Farooq Portelli said the council secured almost 30 additional on-street car parking spaces in Moore Street to permit parking after 7pm in the existing bus lane.

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