Discount supermarket reveals list of nearly 100 Yorkshire ‘locations of interest’

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Lidl GB has published its annual list of key areas across Great Britain where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store development – and it includes a total of 99 locations in Yorkshire.

This forms part of the discounter’s ambitious plans to have 1,000 stores in its portfolio by the end of 2023.

Lidl’s focus on Yorkshire includes multiple locations in cities and towns such as Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Huddersfield.

The list of desirable locations for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites who are interested in exploring opportunities with Lidl.

Lidl says it is seeking prominent sites, easily accessible, which have a strong pedestrian or traffic flow.

It is also interested in mixed-use sites, following the success of initiatives such as its Richmond store, where the upper floors of the building are home to Deer Park Primary School.

The list of site requirements comes as Lidl’s store expansion continues at pace. So far this year the business has opened more than 20 new stores across the country.

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, said: “We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation.

“Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.

“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”

As part of its ongoing plans, Lidl has committed to investing £1.3bn in its store expansion over 2021 and 2022.