Lidl confirms £26 million North West investment
Northern Ireland’s North West is on track for an investment of more than £26 million and the support of at least 655 new jobs after Lidl Northern Ireland confirmed it is progressing the construction of three new stores in Derry and Strabane.
The new stores will create more than 55 new permanent retail jobs with the retailer and support up to 600 more jobs during construction phases over the next three years.
Derry City and Strabane District Council has received plans for a new 2,080 sq. metre store at Crescent Link Retail Park, paving the way for a local investment of £8 million and the creation of at least 35 new in-store jobs. Subject to final planning approval, construction is expected to commence in the coming months, with store opening expected by the end of 2021.
Planning approval was also granted in July last year to invest a further £8 million in building a new 2,217 sq. metre store at the junction of the city’s Buncrana Road and Springtown Road as part of a new, enhanced development and a relocation from its current base at 24 Buncrana Road. The project will create 10 new local jobs in the community when it opens in June 2021.
Construction is already underway, and a lane closure is currently in place on the Buncrana Road until May 10 to facilitate works.
Meanwhile, plans have been submitted for a new 2,300 sq. metre store in Strabane Shopping Park to replace Lidl Northern Ireland’s existing store at Bradley Way which was constructed in 2002.
This significantly larger store represents an investment of nearly £10 million and will create 10 additional new retail jobs to bolster its existing 20 strong team. The store is expected to open in 2024.