A NEW foodstore will open in Abergavenny next month, creating up to 17 jobs.

Work to build an Aldi foodstore in the town started in April- five years after talks to open a store on the site began.

The low-cost food giant first expressed an interest in the site opposite the Bus Station on Monmouth Road in 2007.

The scheme, to build on the site of the former Renault Garage, was approved by Monmouthshire council in 2008.

Contractors moved onto the derelict site five months ago to build the 860sq metre sales area which will not sell newspapers or pharmacy items and a 70-space car park.

Aldi spokesman, Phillip Warner said the project is nearing the end of its 22-week construction phase and will open on September 20th.

He said Aldi has wanted to open a store in the town for many years.

He said: "Abergavenny has featured on our town requirements list for a new store for many years."

"We have received a great deal of support from local people in the build up to the works starting on the site and we are really excited about being part of the Abergavenny community."

The store will employ a store manager, assistant store manager and up to 15 store assistants, and is keen to employ local people.

"We have already recruited 50 per cent of the store's employees from the local area," added Mr Warner.