Lidl submit planning application for Easter Road store

Lidl have applied for permission to build a store on Easter Road.

Lidl have applied for permission to build a store on Easter Road.

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Lidl UK has today confirmed that it has submitted a planning application for a new store on Easter Road in Edinburgh.

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The supermarket has previously revealed that it wanted to open a brand new store on Easter Road at the site of the former B&Q.

Lidl UK’s Head of Property for Scotland, Gordon Rafferty, commented: “We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community and are delighted to announce that we have submitted a planning application with Edinburgh City Council. If granted this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the area, and the creation of new jobs when the store opens. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback so far and look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”

The plans for a new store on Easter Road detail a 1286m² store on a 3752m² site, with plans to create up to 40 new jobs. The supermarket will boast state of the art facilities including an instore bakery, customer toilets and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

The supermarket, which was crowned ‘Best Supermarket 2016’ by readers of Good Housekeeping, has experienced continued growth over the years, as consumers flock to the shop to discover products ranging from quality British fruit and vegetables to premiums wines from its much coveted Wine Cellar collections. Lidl’s success continues as the latest Kantar Worldpanel results outline its sales growth of 9.5% and market share high of 4.6%.

The planned store in Edinburgh will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 630, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which hope to see this increase to 1,500 store in the future.

The company hopes that a decision will be made on the application in the next few months.