Burnley Cinema size to be reduced to make room for a discount store
A new discount food store is slated to open in a retail park in Burnley.
Plans have been submitted to reduce the floor space of the Reel Theater in Hollywood Park to allow for the opening of a new store.
The identity of the store is not revealed in the planning documents although the design and access statement confirms that the point of sale is a “deep discounter” which refers to Lidl and Aldi.
“The big discounters are focused on selling a limited range of mostly private label products at extremely competitive prices,” a retail report said.
“These retailers therefore set themselves apart from traditional convenience retailers such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in the offer they offer to buyers.
“A discount food store is able to offer high quality products at low prices through large wholesale purchases. This allows the company to achieve significant economies of scale which can then be passed on to the customer in the form of very competitive prices.
“Other factors that allow a discount food store to consistently offer low prices include the format of the stores and the approach taken to displaying and selling the products. “
The town planning application indicates that the nearest discount food store is Aldi, located 1.5 km from the proposed new store.
The plans also reveal modifications to the parking lot and a new two-way junction in the commercial park.
Planning documents state: “Vehicle access to the discount food store will be via Manchester Road via a new priority junction.
“Customers and heavy goods vehicles (HGV) will share the same vehicular access.
“The proposed car park will provide a total of 211 parking spaces (including 10 spaces for disabled people and 8 Parent & Child spaces). “
The new food store is expected to divert £ 0.65million per year from existing local convenience stores.
A decision on the plans will be made after a public consultation period.
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