Lidl submits bid for new supermarket at Sprucefield

Lidl submits bid for new supermarket at Sprucefield
Proposed new Lidl site

Grocery retailer Lidl has submitted plans to develop a new store on a six-acre site at Sprucefield Park, next to Sainsbury’s.

Lidl is proposing a 27,000 sq ft store next to the existing car park at the retail park.

The retailer’s plans where outlined in a proposal of application notice (PAN), lodged with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

A PAN is a requirement for major developments, involving consultation with the public.

More details will be presented during an event at the at Premier Inn hotel in Lisburn on November 15 (6.30pm-9pm).

Lidl currently has 41 stores across Northern Ireland and has indicated it is aiming to open 66 stores. That will involve the development of stores in smaller population catchments.

Lidl is also continuing with a long-term store modernisation programme, with the 19th replacement store due to reopen in Omagh on October 13.

Sprucefield Park was acquired by NewRiver for £40 million in late 2019.

The London-listed real estate investment trust sold 90 per cent of its interest in the asset in September 2020 to another fund, Bravo Strategies III, which is owned by Pimco.