Lidl is to build a brand new store in Workington, as part of its ongoing expansion ambitions across Great Britain. The announcement comes as Lidl confirms that it has exchanged contracts with Allerdale Investment Partnership, securing the new site.
The store, which will be located on New Bridge Road, represents a multi-million pound investment in the region with Lidl proposing to build a sustainable store which will create up to 40 new jobs and feature facilities including an instore bakery, customer toilet and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, commented: “We are delighted to be proposing to open a new store in Workington, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. 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 Workington.”
The site was previously surplus land owned by Allerdale Borough Council and transferred to the Allerdale Investment Partnership, driving forward its development to contribute to Allerdale’s economic regeneration. As a joint venture between Allerdale Borough Council and the founders and owners of financial services business IAG, the AIP focuses on strategically managing assets to attract much-needed investment that delivers benefits to Allerdale residents. AIP also brought about the previous Lidl development in Maryport which created around 40 new jobs in the town.
Stephen Holland, Programme Director at Allerdale Investment Partnership said: “Building on the successful Maryport Lidl development, we’re delighted to announce this exchange of contracts with Lidl to deliver a new supermarket in Workington, creating new jobs and providing a great facility locally. This development will be a big boost for the town – making a contribution to Allerdale’s economy as part of our ongoing regeneration strategy.”
Lidl UK has experienced continued growth over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket to discover its great value products – more than two thirds of which are sourced from British suppliers – ranging from quality fruit and vegetables, to premium wines from its much coveted Wine Tour collections. Its ongoing success shows no signs of slowing, with the latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlighting Lidl as one of the fastest growing supermarkets in the UK, with a market share of 5.6%.
The planned store forms part of the company’s growth plans which will see it open up to 50 new stores a year across Great Britain.