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Kingston can ‘Spend a Little, Live a Lot’ as Aldi to open

James Giles



Discount supermarket chain Aldi is planning to open a new store in New Malden, as part of nationwide plans to almost double its store numbers over the next eight years. The company is opening the store next to Matalan and Homebase on the Kingston Road (New Malden), which, until recently, was a Dreams store.

The new supermarket is due to open in February 2015, with construction already underway. This will be the first Aldi in the Royal Borough of Kingston; currently, residents have to travel over six miles to Walton on Thames or Hounslow to visit an Aldi supermarket.

While the response to the idea of an Aldi in New Malden has been, on the whole, positive, some residents are concerned about the potential traffic as a result of the new store.
One resident told Coombe Monthly “I’ll be near enough to walk to the Aldi, but for others who have to drive, it’ll make getting into Kingston even worse than it already is.”

In April this year, Aldi’s sales leapt 35 per cent as shoppers ditched the “big four” supermarkets for discount rivals.

Aldi was also named Grocer of the Year 2014, while its food and wine regularly scoops prestigious industry awards.

Currently in Kingston, there are eight Tesco stores, seven Sainsburys stores, three Lidl stores, three Waitrose stores, three Marks & Spencer stores and two Asda stores.

There are no Morrisons stores in the Royal Borough of Kingston, with the nearest store in Wimbledon.

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James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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INTERVIEW: Siobhan Benita announces second mayoral bid

Henry Riley




KINGSTON borough resident, and former Independent candidate for Mayor of London in 2012, Siobhan Benita, has announced her intention to be the Liberal Democrat candidate in the upcoming 2020 elections.

She was arguable the shock result of the 2012 election, finishing above UKIP and within touching distance of the Liberal Democrats and their high-profile candidate, Brian Paddick.

She spoke to 107.8 Radio Jackie about why she has become a Liberal Democrat, whether she believes she has a realistic chance of becoming Mayor, and addresses Brian Paddick’s claims in 2012 surrounding her ‘flaky’ policies.

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