Aldi for North Richmond Shopping Village

THE former Franklins building originally dubbed ‘‘The Great Wall of North Richmond’’ looks to be taken over by Australian discount supermarket store Aldi.

The old Franklins building at North Richmond under construction in 2010. Back then it was referred to by locals as "The Great Wall of North Richmond" and an "eyesore".
Picture: Kylie Pitt

The old Franklins building at North Richmond under construction in 2010. Back then it was referred to by locals as "The Great Wall of North Richmond" and an "eyesore". Picture: Kylie Pitt

The proposed development for the building lodged with Council is estimated at a cost of $1,199,000.

Work mentioned in the proposal includes external building alterations, landscaping, installation of new business identification signs, alterations to Riverview Street, kerb alignment and vehicle access points.

The takeover of the building on the corner of Bells Line of Road and Grose Vale Road intersection would mean more grocery options for residents west of the River who currently only have access to Coles supermarket.

‘‘Aldi moving into the old Franklins site at North Richmond will provide more choice for residents and greater employment opportunities for locals,’’ Mayor Kim Ford said.

The proposed site plan also shows rooftop car parking.

Aldi are yet to respond, with further details from Council still to come.

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