Lidl wants more shops in Bristol

Discount chain Lidl is aiming to open new supermarkets in Westbury on Trym, Clifton and Stoke Bishop.

It also wants to relocate its Southmead store from its site at the double mini roundabout on Southmead Road.

Lidl announced its expansion plans as it celebrated the 30th anniversary of its arrival in the UK. It is now the sixth biggest chain in the country with 960 stores and eight per cent of market share. 

It has set its sights on opening hundreds more stores in the coming months and Greater Bristol is one of its key target areas.

Lidl’s most recent store in our area is the one at Muller Road in Lockleaze. 

Richard Taylor, Lidl Great Britain’s chief development officer, said: “As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to ensuring that all households across the country have access to high-quality produce at affordable prices is stronger than ever.

“We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores but ultimately see no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential.

“This is why we’re continuing to invest in new locations whilst exploring innovative routes to expansion.”

Lidl is looking for sites in prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow, with 1.5+ acres for a standalone store and up to four acres for mixed-use schemes. Sites should allow for unit sizes between 18,000 and 26,500 sq ft and over 100 dedicated car parking spaces, and Lidl’s flexible approach means it will consider freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities.

Should a site be successfully identified, the discounter will pay a finders’ fee of either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price, or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds, which would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase.