Supermarket chain announces plans for fourth Liverpool site

The proposed Wavertree store

Supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to build a new site in the Wavertree district of Liverpool which would create around 30 jobs.

The retailer wants to build a new store at Church Road North, on the site of the former Abbey cinema, and has launched a public consultation ahead of submitting a planning application to Liverpool City Council.

This is the fourth new Lidl store planned for Liverpool, as the retailer continues with its extensive investment plans across Great Britain.

Sites in Garston, Great Homer Street and Childwall Valley Road are currently awaiting decisions from Liverpool City Council.

The latest multimillion-pound investment would see the current dilapidated site redeveloped into a modern, spacious Lidl store, which could create around 30 full and part-time jobs.

The proposals would see a purpose built, environmentally friendly store replacing the former cinema building previously occupied by the Co-op.

The new Lidl store would have a 1,654 sq m gross floor area, and include an in-store bakery, customer toilets and 69 car parking spaces, including disabled, parent and child spaces and rapid electric vehicle charging spaces.

Dedicated cycle spaces will also be created.

The public are invited to comment on the proposals via a dedicated website – wavertree.expansion.lidl.co.uk – and through a leaflet which is being delivered to properties in the area.

Lidl’s regional head of property, Stuart Jardine, said: “We have exciting plans for Liverpool. A new Lidl store on Church Road North will improve local shopping choice and bring a much needed supermarket back to the centre of Wavertree, following the Co-op’s decision to close last year.

“Following thorough surveys and assessments of the existing building, it is quite clear that it is beyond economic repair. Lidl is proposing to replace the current premises with a unique store to serve the local community, provide jobs and bring life back to this site.”

He added: “We’re launching a ‘virtual’ public consultation in order to give everyone an opportunity to review our plans, and we fully encourage the community to provide their questions and comments via the project website or the consultation leaflet.”

The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing £1.3bn investment across the country in 2021 and 2022.

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