Lidl wants 10 new North Staffordshire stores - here's where

Popular supermarket chain Lidl has revealed plans to open hundreds of new stores across the UK - including 10 in North Staffordshire. The discount retailer has published its latest 'wish list' of potential locations for new supermarkets.

Lidl has earmarked three different areas of Stoke-on-Trent where it wants to open a new store. Biddulph, Cheadle and Newcastle-under-Lyme are also among the places where the retailer is eyeing up possible developments.

The company is specifically looking for sites in prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow, with 1.5-plus acres required for a standalone store and up to four acres for mixed-use schemes. Lidl’s flexible approach means it will consider freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities.

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

Richard Taylor, Lidl GB Chief Development Officer, said: "With an exceptional store network and our laser focus on operational excellence, we’re welcoming more customers through our doors than ever before, which positions us perfectly for continued expansion. 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."

The North Staffordshire locations on Lidl's wish list:

  • Staffordshire Moorlands - Biddulph

  • Staffordshire Moorlands - Cheadle

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme (relocation)

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme - North

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme - South

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme - Chesterton

  • Stoke-on-Trent - Lightwood

  • Stoke-on-Trent - Meir

  • Stoke-on-Trent - Trentham

  • Stafford Borough - Stone

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