Discount food store plans lodged for Hawick mill site

A supermarket could be built on part of the Wilton Mills site in Hawick should a planning application get the green light.

The application, lodged at the end of last week by Aitken Turnbull Architects, on behalf of Wilton Mills Limited, outlines proposals for a “discount foodstore”.

Wording contained in documents submitted with the application suggests that German retailer Aldi may be the occupant for the store.

However a spokesman for the supermarket told The Southern that it does not have a contract for the site, but added that the company was “reviewing its options for Hawick”.

The proposal is for the cleared area to the rear of the Clock Tower building on Commercial Road, with the creation of a store and parking for almost 90 cars and separate service entrance.

The former YM club building and garages and outbuilding adjacent to the clock tower would be demolished, but a 1.2m natural stone boundary wall using reclaimed stone would be built along the site boundary.

A design and access document submitted with the application states that the store could create up to 30 new jobs and would “improve consumer choice and complement existing provision within the area”.