A new episode in the project of setting up the Aldi brand, “route du Thor” in “L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue”. The municipality is fiercely opposed, defending its urban centre and small local shops.
Last October, for the second time, the Departmental Commission for Commercial Development gave an unfavourable opinion on the establishment of the store. The developer, in the face of this decision, had appealed to the National Commission for Commercial Development, which finally responded favourably to the project.
This Wednesday, by press release, the town hall of “L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue” is part of its “incomprehension and indignation” about this decision. “The City of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue considers that a discount supermarket offer additional to those already existing is a real threat to the survival of its centre”. It also indicates that it “is no longer able to provide an alternative to the establishment of this commercial area”.
This Friday, The decision has been made.The communal college of Jurbise gave a negative opinion on the project to build an Aldi store along the road to Ath. The communal college obviously did not make the decision alone. Consultation with local residents was conducted.
The Jurbise communal college justifying its decision: “The Aldi could generate an increase of the risks for the safety of the children attending the next school, of their parents and the teachers.”
Some of those who were following this story say it is just an excuse to protect their business in the city, yet, it is their decision to make about their city.