Lidl is to build a brand new store on Hattersley Retail Park, as part of its ongoing expansion plans in the UK.
The discount supermarket chain announced the news after exchanging contracts with Maple Grove Developments to secure the new site. The multi-million pound investment will result in a 1,794m2 sales area, featuring an in-store bakery and customer toilets. There will also be ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
Robin Monk, Director of Place at Tameside Council, said: “Attracting a retailer of Lidl’s quality to the final phase of the new district centre is a direct result of our commitment, with Onward Homes and other partners, to secure investment for the comprehensive regeneration of Hattersley.”
“This will bring new retail choice and employment opportunities to the local area and will complement the major investment in new housing, transport infrastructure, community facilities and public realm improvements.”
The planned store in Hattersley will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 700, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which will see the chain open up to fifty new stores a year.
Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Nick Harvey, commented: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Tameside, 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 Tameside.”
Bronwen Rapley, CEO of Onward Homes, the local housing provider, said: “The Hattersley area is in and advanced stage of a multi-million pound regeneration programme stimulated by an innovative partnership led by Tameside Council and Onward Homes.
“Onward Homes selected Maple Grove as its preferred development partner in 2016 having secured outline planning consent for the site in February 2015. The Lidl store will be a welcomed addition for local residents.”
Lidl UK has experienced continued growth over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket. Its ongoing success shows no signs of slowing, with the latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlighting Lidl’s continued growth in the UK with 10.3% increase in sales year on year and market share high of 5.3%.