Lidl’s plans for a supermarket in the former PC World unit on Chester Road, Stretford, look set to go ahead after the retailer’s proposals for a 14,700 sq ft store were recommended for approval by Trafford’s planning committee.
The prominent unit has been vacant for some time after PC World vacated the site in and moved to the nearby White City retail park in 2016, and Lidl submitted an application to open a new supermarket, alongside a smaller 5,700 sq ft retail unit, last year.
External works to the building include a full re-cladding and the entrance will be shifted to be south-facing. The entrance to the additional retail unit will be from the North East, and in total, there will be retail floor space of 14,700 sq ft and back-of-house functions covering a further 10,000 sq ft.
The proposals also include 119 car parking spaces to be accessed via Ravenswood Road, while pedestrian links to Chester Road will also be improved, and the existing security fencing will be removed.
If approved when Trafford Council’s planning committee meets on Thursday, the supermarket is expected to generate around 40 jobs, and will join fellow supermarkets Tesco and Aldi along the stretch of Chester Road leading to and from Manchester.
Aldi relocated last year from its store in Seymour Grove to a 19,000 unit at White City, while the existing Tesco Extra is opposite the proposed Lidl store.
Nick Harvey, head of property at Lidl UK said: “Our £2.5m regeneration scheme will deliver significant benefits for Stretford. The plans will benefit local residents with greater shopping choice and job opportunities, as well as boosting the local economy and increasing shopping footfall in the local area. I hope that the committee members support our plans, which are backed by council officers and the local community”.
The project’s professional team includes Space Architects; Rapleys as planner; transport consultant SCP; and FDA Landscape as landscape architect.