Lidl submit planning application for new store at Straiton Retail Park
Supermarket giant Lidl has today (WEDS) confirmed that it has submitted a planning application to open a new store at Midlothian’s Straiton Retail Park.
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As part of the company’s ongoing investment in Scotland, the new store which has been planned for Straiton’s lower terrace marks the retailer’s third shop in the Midlothian area.
Once opened the new store will create up to 35 jobs for the local economy.
The plans for the store detail the creation of a new unit from the former Marks & Spencer and part of the current Boots unit, which will be relocating to the new upper terrace.
The store will feature a 1,227 metres squared sales area and facilities including an in-store bakery and customer toilets.
In preparation for the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme rollout in July 2022, the stores will also have a money-back recycling station installed.
Lidl GB’s regional head of property, Gordon Rafferty, said: “We are delighted to announce plans to expand in the Midlothian area, with what will hopefully be our third store. A planning application has been submitted to Midlothian Council; if granted, this will mark further significant investment in the area as well as new jobs when the store opens. We look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”
The new supermarket forms part of the company’s £1.3bn investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2020 and 2021.
Lidl now have over 100 stores in Scotland and, with the opening of a new retail distribution centre in Motherwell in late 2019, shows no signs of slowing the expansion.