THE Mayor of Bradford on Avon has contacted discount supermarket chain Aldi about its plans to open a new store in the town.

The company revealed plans this week to open stores in six Wiltshire towns including Bradford on Avon.

Aldi, which now has more than 900 stores across the UK, is looking for freehold town-centre or edge-of-centre sites suitable for development.

It says each site should be around 1.5 acres and able to accommodate a 20,000 sq ft store with around 100 parking spaces, ideally on a prominent main road and with good visibility and access.

Cllr Sarah Gibson, the mayor of Bradford on Avon, says the town could do with another supermarket on the northern side off the A363 Bath Road.

She said: "I have put in a call to Aldi to see what their thoughts are.

"From our point of view as a town council, I would welcome conversations on possible sites in the north of the town as that area has no large supermarket. Sites with good access to the main road would be ideal."

Aldi is also targeting stores in Devizes, Marlborough, Salisbury, Swindon and Warminster.

Three more towns, Calne, Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett, were also on a list of target locations last July.

Ciaran Aldridge, National Property Director at Aldi UK, said: “We have been investing in Britain for more than 30 years now, but we know that there are still areas that either do not have an Aldi at all, or that need another store to meet customer demand.

“Shoppers are increasingly looking to get unbeatable prices on their weekly shop without compromising on quality.

"That’s why, more so than ever, we’re keen to explore all opportunities to open new stores across the country.”