End of an era for wool industry

The work has started on the new Aldi store on the old CWG site in Towcester.'110721M-B401
The work has started on the new Aldi store on the old CWG site in Towcester.'110721M-B401
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THE demolition of a wool collection point and farm supply store marked the end of an era in Towcester this week.

Bulldozers flattened the Central Wool Growers building in Old Greens Norton Road. Aldi Stores under took the demolition after being granted permission to build a 1,500 sq ft food store which is expected to create around 25 jobs.

Many of the employees from the CWG have been taken on by farm supply chain Countrywide which opens a store at the Bell Plantation at the end of this month (see page 15 for the full story). Countrywide are also taking a unit at the CWG site.

Up until only last year south Northants wool would begin its journey towards becoming clothes when farmers delivered their sacks to the site.

Tom Butcher, whose family have run Taylors Farm in Hethencote since the 1930s, said it was the end of an era and added: “All the local farmers would take their stock down there, then lorries would come down from Stamford where it was taken to be sorted.

“It is shame, it was very handy for farmers, especially with farm supply side of things, if they were in town for something else they could just pop in.”

A spokesman for Aldi said they were pleased to confirm construction of both an Aldi food store and a Countrywide Farmers store and added: “We have worked closely with the local planning authority to develop a retail offer that will complement Towcester town centre and benefit local residents.”