Biggest Lidl in Scotland to open in Edinburgh’s Granton Road next week as part of £1.45bn UK-wide investment

The largest Lidl store in Scotland is set to open next week in Edinburgh.

By Jamie McKenzie
Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11:25 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:47 pm

The budget supermarket chain plans to expand its Granton Road store, which was its first site in the Capital in 1995.

The store previously underwent an extension in 2014 but, due to growing demand and the prospect of 3,500 new homes being built with the Granton Waterfront regeneration project, it will expand again.

The new look Granton Road store will increase the sales area to 1,438 square metres, making it the retailer’s largest store in Scotland, and will officially reopen at 8am on Thursday, October 8.

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The Lidl store in Edinburgh's Granton Road.

It forms part of the company’s £1.45 billion investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2019 and 2020.

Lidl GB’s regional head of property, Gordon Rafferty, said: “There’s been much anticipation for this expansion to Lidl's original Edinburgh store.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received over the years from the local community and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the works.”

During the first week of opening, customers will be able to find exclusive deals and offers on selected products including a Vileda vacuum cleaning robot (£49.99) and a Toshiba 43 inch full HD smart TV (£129.00), and a Silvercrest stand mixer (£19.99).

The Granton Road store will include all Lidl customer favourites such as the in-store bakery and middle aisle.

It will also be the regional pilot for new display features in the chilled food sections with customers benefiting from larger fridges and an expanded range, including double the chilled fruit and vegetable choice. This new merchandising will then be rolled out to the remaining Edinburgh stores throughout 2021.

Lidl has also created a 145 square metre unit for lease within the building which they hope to announce a tenant for soon.

Lidl now has more than 100 stores in Scotland and this includes the opening of a new Retail Distribution Centre in Motherwell in late 2019.

Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has grown and today has more than 25,000 employees, over 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

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