Supermarket giant Lidl has revealed an updated list of the places it wants to open new stores in and around the country, and it has its eye on Cranleigh.
Cranleigh in the east of Waverley will form part of Lidl’s £1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022, including opening 50 new stores this year, creating 2,000 new jobs.
In a document spelling out its vision for growth, the company says it is seeking 100’s of new sites across Britain. Saying:
We are on track to meet our ambitious target of 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.”
It opened 180 new stores in the last three years – including one in the centre of Horsham, which is believed to be pulling many customers in from the eastern villages of Waverley just across the Surrey Sussex border.
So it has earmarked the fast-growing town of Cranleigh, among the sites where it wants to open a new store.
It also wants to relocate the new Central Horsham store to a larger site and build another store in North Horsham.
The list of desirable locations for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites interested in exploring Lidl’s opportunities.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB said:
“We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation. Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.
“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access high quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”
- All new stores to feature solar panels and electric vehicle charging point
The discounter has published its annual list of desired locations across the country where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments. Of particular focus, this year includes a town centre, edge of centre, retail park and metropolitan locations.
The list of site requirements comes as Lidl’s store expansion continues at pace, despite the ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic. So far this year, Lidl has opened more than 20 new stores across the country.
It says all stores will include Lidl’s famous Bakery, offering freshly baked bread, biscuits and pastries, created by the discounter’s in-store bakers throughout the day. In addition to offering quality food at great value, all new Lidl stores will feature solar panels on the exterior to provide renewable energy for the site, in addition to the installation of electric vehicle charging points. Each new store will also become part of Lidl’s food redistribution programme Feed It Back, which sees surplus food donated to those within local communities that need it the most via food banks or partner charities.