The discount supermarket retailer has lodged plans for a 20,000 sq ft store on Wellington Road North as it continues with an ambitious expansion strategy.
The site in Heaton Norris lies around 1.5km north of Stockport railway station, between the A6 and the railway to Manchester. It is currently vacant, having been for the last 30 years occupied y a car dealership.
Lidl, which is advised by Rapleys on the application, intends to clear the two-acre site and build a single-storey 20,000 sq ft store, which would have a net trading area of 13,500 sq ft, supported by 100 car parking spaces. Leeds-based HTC Architects is the project’s designer.
With rival Aldi also advancing an ambitious growth plan, Lidl launched a trade magazine advertising campaign this summer, outlining its hopes to open 60 new sites per year in town, district, edge of centre or out-of-town locations across the UK.
Projects that have advanced this year include a store in Bromborough, scaled back from an initial application; being named as Salford Council’s preferred partner to anchor a mixed-use scheme in Lower Broughton, and plans for stores at Liverpool Shopping Park and Great Homer Street in the same city, consultation on which launched in August.