Leeds police station to be turned into budget supermarket

An artist's impression of the proposed store
An artist's impression of the proposed store
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Developers say hundreds of jobs will be created under plans to replace a former Leeds police station with a budget supermarket.

Proposals have been drawn up to build an Aldi store and another retail unit on the site of the old Holbeck police station on Burton Road in Beeston.

Aldi property director Mark Taylor said: “Aldi are committed to a local recruitment campaign. The store will employ 40 people. This is in addition to 250 jobs at construction stage and around 25 new jobs to be created by the additional retail unit.”

West Yorkshire Police put the former police station up for sale last year, with the estate agent’s details telling prospective buyers it was suitable for “either a refurbishment project or alternatively wholesale redevelopment for a variety of uses including residential and retail”.

But the building, which was vacated when officers moved into the new multi-million pound police headquarters at Elland Road in April this year, would be demolished under the Aldi plan.

Ben Ellis, of developers Quora, said Aldi had been chosen to operate the supermarket because it would “compliment the local shops” on Dewsbury Road.

“As a specific niche discounter they will not replicate many of the retail services of local community shops and will add to the range and choice in the area,” he said.

Mr Taylor added: “The former police station site represents a fantastic opportunity for the regeneration of the area. Aldi opened a new store in Middleton Park earlier this year which has supported the local area and had a positive impact by keeping the trade local that would have been lost to other supermarkets further from Dewsbury Road.”

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