Lidl has moved forward with building a store on the site of the former Brown Cow pub on Worsley Road, Winton, by submitting a planning application for the project.
The 14,200 sq ft store in planned for a site just off the M602 and bordering Worsley Brook, and will feature an instore bakery as well as car and cycle parking. Lidl estimates the project will create 40 jobs.
Although a date to determine the planning application has not yet been set, Lidl said it hoped a decision would be made “early in the New Year”, allowing construction to start early next year.
The site for the store was purchased by supermarket chain in August this year from Kay Atlas, a subsidiary of Robinsons Brewery. The brewery had previously planned to knock down The Brown Cow pub on the site, which closed in 2015, and build 44 homes; this was granted planning permission late last year.
At the time, Salford Council representatives said it was “trying hard to re-use brownfield sites… to meet our housing needs”.
Lidl’ UK’s regional head of property, Nick Harvey, said: “We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community and are delighted to announce that we have submitted a planning application with Salford Council.
“If granted this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the area, and the creation of new jobs when the store opens. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback so far and look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”
The Winton store forms part of Lidl’s plans to open 50 stores per year across the country.
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.