Lidl submits planning application for third Midlothian store at Straiton Retail Park

Lidl has confirmed that it has submitted a planning application for a new store at Straiton Retail Park.

By Kevin Quinn
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:00 am
Lidl hope to move into Straiton Retail Park. Stock photo by Scott Louden.
Lidl hope to move into Straiton Retail Park. Stock photo by Scott Louden.

The new store on the Lower Terrace marks the retailer’s third in the Midlothian area, enabling even more of the local community to access the German supermarket giant’s produce.

Once opened, it is expected that 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 M&S and part of the current Boots unit, which will be relocating to the Upper Terrace. The store will feature a 1,227m² sales area and facilities including an in-store bakery and customer toilets.

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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, commented: “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 has more than 100 stores in Scotland. It has over 25,000 employees, over 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in the UK.