Formal plans lodged for a discount supermarket at retail park

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Plans have been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council for a new Lidl supermarket on the St Michael’s Retail Park in Ripon, following a public consultation.

If approved, the store would have a sales area of 11,840 sq ft. This multi-million pound investment would also create up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for the local economy.

Lidl is proposing to redevelop an existing unit, turning it into its newest supermarket store.

The £10m St Michael’s Retail Park launched in July last year, when anchor tenant, M&S Foodhall opened its long-awaited store in the city.

The application for the Lidl has been lodged by Rothstone Estates, which owns the retail park.

Mark Rothery, managing director of Rothstone Estates, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation and we’re pleased with the positive response overall. The proposals represent a major investment in the city and will complement the M&S Foodhall.”

A spokesperson from Lidl GB said: “Many people have welcomed the proposed Lidl store, which would bring competition, increasing choice and providing a boost to the local economy through job creation.

“Many also mentioned that a store on this site would reduce the need to travel out of the city to shop and therefore keep expenditure in Ripon.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support so far and we look forward to further sharing and discussing our plans with them.”