Ian Austin

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Austin to visit new Aldi store on Priory estate

Dudley MP Ian Austin is visiting the newly opened Aldi store on Priory Road on Friday.

Austin will be visiting the Aldi store on Priory Road at 11am on Friday 21st October.

The MP campaigned for planning permission for the new store after a local councillor from elsewhere in Dudley tried to block the plans to replace the empty and derelict pub which stood on the site.

The King Arthur had been empty and derelict for years attracting vandals and travellers to the site. It had been set on fire and even had a tree growing out of the roof, and hopes that it could reopen as a pub, restaurant or hotel had all come to nothing.

Austin sent a detailed survey to thousands of residents living within a mile of the store and received a huge response which showed that eight in ten were in support with 87 percent saying it would help tackle unemployment in the area.

He then helped organise a job fayre and wrote to local residents encouraging them to apply for positions to ensure that as many jobs as possible were filled by local people

The new store is now open employing 35 new members of staff and six deputy managers.

Ian Austin said:

“I used to enjoy going to the King Arthur but it had stood empty and derelict for years, nearby residents wanted it sorted out and I am delighted that this new store is now open, employing over forty local people in an area of high unemployment and bringing a supermarket to an area that has long been without one.

“I would like to thank Aldi, local councillors Ken Finch, Margaret Aston and Alan Finch who have backed the store to benefit local residents.”

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