The supermarket chain plans to open a store on the site of the former Abbey Cinema on Church Road North, part of its £1.3bn nationwide expansion strategy.
The 17,700 sq ft Lidl store would be constructed opposite the Picton roundabout in Wavertree, in the footprint of the cinema building that would be demolished under the retailer’s proposals.
“It is simply not economically viable to restore the building and retain it as a supermarket,” Lidl said.
“We understand that the proposed demolition of the building may be disappointing to some people, however, we will invigorate the site with a unique, modern replacement store to serve the local community and provide jobs.”
Historic England is considering a request from an unnamed party that the building be listed, according to Lidl.
Abbey Cinema opened in 1939 and closed in 1979 before being used as a bingo hall and snooker hall. It was most recently used as a Co-op supermarket, which closed last April.
Stuart Jardine, Lidl’s regional head of property, said: “We have exciting plans for Liverpool. A new Lidl store on Church Road North will improve local shopping choice and bring a much-needed supermarket back to the centre of Wavertree, following the Co-op’s decision to close last year.
“Following thorough surveys and assessments of the existing building, it is quite clear that it is beyond economic repair.”
As well as its Wavertree proposals, Lidl is also awaiting planning approval for three more schemes in Liverpool, one in Garston and others on Great Homer Street and Childwall Valley Road, as it looks to add 60 stores in each of the next two years.