Lidl reveals details of new store in Shaftesbury
Lidl says it plans to build ‘a sustainable store with 1,261m² sales area’ and facilities on its new site on the former cattle market in Shaftesbury, one that will include ‘an instore bakery, customer toilets and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.’
Speaking after news came that the supermarket chain had completed its purchase of the site, a Lidl spokesman said its plan to build in Shaftesbury is part of its continuing expansion within the UK that will see it open up to 50 new stores a year to add to the 730 it already has.
He said the Christy’s Lane store ‘represents a multi-million pound investment in the local area.’ Lidl UK’s regional head of property James Mitchell commented: ‘We are delighted to be opening a new store in Shaftesbury, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme.
‘We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Shaftesbury. We are firmly committed to helping boost the local economy by creating new jobs and working with local suppliers in the construction of the new store.
‘The team are very much looking forward to confirming a date for our public consultation day when we will outline our plans and get input from those who will directly benefit from the new store.’
• The latest Kantar Worldpanel results have highlighted Lidl as one for the fastest-growing supermarkets in the UK, with 9.4 per cent increase in sales year-on-year and market share of 5.4 per cent.