Lidl has purchased a site in Worsley from Kay Atlas, a subsidiary of Robinsons Brewery, to build a 14,300 sq ft supermarket to add to its UK portfolio of 710 stores.
The retailer has bought the site of the former Brown Cow pub on Worsley Road, Winton, in a multi-million-pound deal, and is now planning to build a supermarket along with car parking space.
The site of the Brown Cow pub, which closed in 2015 and has been subject to vandalism and fires, was granted planning permission for 44 homes in December last year, including 21 two-bed apartments, eight three-bed houses, and 15 four-bed houses. It sits on Worsley Road just off the M602 and borders Worsley Brook.
At the time, Salford Council representatives said it was “trying hard to re-use brownfield sites… to meet our housing needs”.
However, following the purchase, a supermarket is now set to come forward on the site as part of Lidl’s plan to open 50 new stores per year.
The retailer is set to hold a public consultation on the plans in the coming months.
Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Nick Harvey said: “We are delighted to be proposing a new store in Worsley, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme for Greater Manchester.
“We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Worsley.
“We are firmly committed to helping boost the local economy by creating new jobs and working with local suppliers in the construction of the new store. The team are very much looking forward to confirming a date for our public consultation day when we will outline our plans and get input from those who will directly benefit from the new store.”
Other stores Lidl is set to open in Greater Manchester include a supermarket next to Baguley Tesco Extra, and its first in Trafford at the site of the former PC World on Chester Road.