Lidl reveals plan for £6m store in Belfast
Discount supermarket Lidl is investing £6m and creating 100 new jobs as it builds its first store in south Belfast.
The company said it has now applied for planning permission to open 1,425 sq m store on the Boucher Road at a site in front of the National Football Stadium and Olympia Leisure Centre.
There will also be a drive thru cafe on the site, which totals nearly 10,000 sq m.
Lidl said the supermarket would open as early as next year and would also support 200 jobs during construction, as well as creating 100 permanent retail jobs.
The site, which will be Lidl’s ninth in Belfast, will also include a 148-space car park, including electric vehicle charging points.
Lidl said it aims to grow its store network here to 50 stores across the region.It is investing a total of £32m on new or replacement stores in five locations in Belfast.
Chris Speers, regional property executive for Lidl Northern Ireland, said: “Since confirming a £32m investment into the Greater Belfast region with five key sites late last year, we’re pleased to be delivering these projects at pace and with great success.
“We’ve opened two new stores at Holywood Exchange and Crumlin Road and I’m pleased to confirm we’re moving ahead with plans to relocate our existing store at Castlereagh Road to an adjacent site and to redevelop and expand our existing Shore Road store.
“Our fifth site at Boucher Road is a strategically-important location for us, expanding our reach into the south Belfast area for the first time and bringing a multi-million pound investment and new jobs to the local area.”
He described Boucher Road and its surroundings as “a key commuter belt and prime retail shopping area”.
”We’re pleased to have worked closely with councillors, key businesses and the wider community to bring these plans forward and we are grateful for the positive support we have received for these plans,” he said.