A new Lidl supermarket is set to create a raft of jobs when it takes over a former DIY store in a Newcastle suburb.
It has emerged that the former Wickes store on Benton Park Road, South Gosforth, is being transformed into a new Lidl supermarket as part of the discount supermarket’s expansion plans.
Newcastle property agents Connect Property North East is also searching for more retailers to join Lidl at the purpose-built retail warehouse, which is currently being extended.
Lidl has agreed a new overriding lease on the Wickes store for their new 23,423 sq ft food store, and there’s room for a retailer to take up more than 6,000sqft of space in an adjoining unit, which will share the 2015-space car park.
A spokesman for Lidl said the store will open in late summer and feature an in-store bakery, and will create up to 40 new jobs for the local community.
The move comes after the supermarket announced plans to open over 50 new stores and regenerate 30 existing stores in its last financial year.
By February of last year Lidl, which opened the doors to its first British stores in 1994, had reached a major milestone with the opening of five new stores that took its total store count in the UK to 700, with each store employing around 40 staff.
Meanwhile, the German budget chain is also looking to build on a former pub site on land to the north of Scotswood Road.
The plans submitted to Newcastle City Council could see a 130-space car park alongside the store which slopes down from Hadrian’s Way to Scotswood Road.
The land is currently brownfield land, but it was a railway line until the late 1980s, and a former pub would be demolished as part of the development.
CPNE advised Lidl on their lease acquisition also and continues the positive expansion for the value food retail sector.