New Lidl store will open by Christmas

Lidl
Lidl

Work on Bourne’s new Lidl store is set to start in the coming weeks, with the aim for it to be open before Christmas.

The announcement was made during a South Kesteven Disrict Council planning meeting on Tuesday.

During the meeting councillors unanimously approved an amended design for the store at Gateway Park, which is just off the Elsea Park roundabout in Bourne. It will create 40 full-time equivalent jobs.

Plans for a store were approved in September but the discount food chain then put in another application for a store 10 per cent bigger than the one it had permission for, which has now also been given the thumbs up.

Agent for the applicants Temple Garth, Mark Foster, said: “We are meeting to begin construction in the coming weeks, with the intention to be open prior to Christmas.

“I want to ensure the people of Bourne that they will benefit from the very latest in store design and layout, and an improved shopping experience.”

In September, the disrict council’s development control committee approved plans for a Lidl store covering 2,010 square metres, served by 100 car parking spaces.

The amended plans approved this week, will see the store have a gross floor space of 2,396 square metres, and 120 car parking spaces. The position of the supermarket has also been moved to the west of the site. A new access road will be created.

Mr Foster explained that the design had been altered in accordance with a change across the look of all new Lidl stores, and would also enable products to be stocked in greater depth. He added that the Bourne branch will be “one of the first of these stores built in the country”.

The original plans were subject to a public consultation at Bourne Corn Exchange where about 1,000 people have their views. Almost all were in favour.

Bourne Town Council and Thurlby Parish Council also gave no objections to the plans.

When it opens, the supermarket will be open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 4pm on Sundays.