Lidl eyes up new sites across Shropshire

Supermarket giant Lidl is looking to open new stores in Shropshire as it expands across the region.

Lidl is looking for new sites in four Shropshire towns.
Lidl is looking for new sites in four Shropshire towns.

Among the towns earmarked for new stores are Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Telford and Whitchurch.

Lidl has published its annual list of key areas across the country where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store development.

It forms part of the company's plans to have 1,000 stores across the country by the end of 2023.

The company is seeking prominent sites, which it says must be easily accessible and have a strong pedestrian or traffic flow. It said it is also interested in mixed-use sites.

As part of its ongoing plans, Lidl said it will spend up to £1.3 billion on its store expansion programme over 2021 and 2022.

A list of sites published by the company includes Whitchurch, Dawley, Donnington, Telford Central, Shrewsbury, and Ludlow.

Christian Härtnagel, chief executive officer 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.”

All the stores will include Lidl's bakery, as well as solar panels on the exterior to provide renewable energy for the site, and the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

The company's expansion plans include looking at sites across the West Midlands with Dudley, Smethwick, Kidderminster, Cannock and Wolverhampton, all earmarked as locations for new stores.

In the Black Country, Lidl is looking to build new stores in Great Barr, Quinton, Smethwick, Brierley Hill, Dudley, Lye, Oldbury, Sedgley, Stourbridge, Walsall, Aldridge, Bloxwich, Walsall Wood, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

In Staffordshire, the company is looking for development sites in Burntwood, Cannock, Codsall and Penkridge.

Bosses say they are also looking to build a new store in Wyre Forest too, as they search for a location in Kidderminster.

Lidl also wants to build a number of stores in Birmingham, including in Edgbaston, Harborne, Kings Norton, Perry Barr and Selly Oak, as well as Sutton Coldfield.

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