PEOPLE have given their support to the proposed new Aldi supermarket during an exhibition held at Ashbourne Town Hall.
As well as information panels showing the proposed development, visitors were invited to see a range of products available from Aldi stores and talk with representatives from the company.
A spokesman forAldi said: "We are delighted with the very high level of positive feedback we received from the residents who attended the exhibition.
"This has added to the response we already received from the community, with more than 600 residents having taken the time to fill in postcards and send us their comments.
"The deadline for feedback is Friday, May 23, so we would encourage anyone who has not done so to submit their views, either via the Freepost comment cards or by contacting the project team.
"The next stage in the process is for us to review all of the feedback we receive in the next two weeks, which will then be taken into consideration before we submit a planning application to Derbyshire Dales District Council.
"We are aiming to submit the application in the coming months and, should it be approved, hope to open the store in the first half of 2015.
"We will ensure the Ashbourne community is kept up to date as our plans progress. If people have any questions in the meantime, they should call the project's free information line on 0800 298 7040."
The store, which would create 40 jobs, could be located on redundant land next to the Travelodge and Stepping Stones pub in Carnation Way, in Clifton.
Aldi was crowned Retailer of the Year at the Retail Week Awards in March.
It was the first time that Aldi had won the accolade, which was won a year earlier by John Lewis.
This year has also seen the budget firm win the UK's Top Supermarket title in the Which? Supermarket Satisfaction Survey.
Louise Maskery, 49, of Mappleton said: "It's about time we had a shop where locals can afford to shop – not just the tourists. I'm all for it and can't wait for it to open."
James Harper, 44, of Compton, said: "It's fantastic, I've spoken to lots of people and they all agree.
"We need something in town for local people to shop in."
Wendy Whitbread, 48, of Ashbourne said: "I came to see the plans, I'm not opposed at all – there's a lot more parking spaces than the store in Chaddesden, so that's good.
"It's designed to be low-level, so it should work in harmony with the valley and I can see the planners have thought about the locals as there is provision for noise reduction on the delivery ramps. It's all good."