Aldi in wings for site as Jackson’s ends 70 years of building

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A Carnforth building firm has laid its last brick after more than 65 years of trading.

Norman JacksonLtd in Scotland Road is closing after owner Roy Jackson decided to retire.

A deal is in place to sell the site to budget supermarket Aldi if it receives planning permission from Lancaster City Council.

Aldi is planning a 1,495 sq metre store with 58 parking spaces and 10 cycle spaces. It would create five full-time and 20 part-time jobs.

Norman Jackson founded the building firm near Kendal in 1945. His son Roy took over the reins in 1966 and moved the business to Carnforth four years later.

At its peak the company employed 180 people.

He this week told the Morecambe Visitor that the firm’s recent job building a new factory at Technijet in Ingleton would be its last contract.

Mr Jackson said he had wound down the firm gradually over the last two years, with 80 employees receiving redundancy payouts totalling £150,000.

“It’s a wrench because building has been my life and I must have built more than 2,500 houses,” he said.

“There isn’t anyone in my family who wants to take over and I can’t go on forever.

“Like all builders we have struggled with the recession and that was part of my decision.

“We could have battled on but when you get older there’s not as much battle in you.

“I think Aldi will do Carnforth a lot of good – quite a few people travel to Lancaster to shop there at the moment,” he added.