Lidl Re Submit Plans For New Ayrshire Store

Supermarket giants Lidl have resubmitted plans for a new store in Irvine.

A new modern store at Stanecastle Roundabout would provide approximately 40 new full and part-time jobs, the German retailers confirmed today.

Example of how new the new Lidl in Irvine could look

It would include an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, optional self-service tills, customer toilets, baby changing facilities and spacious employee welfare areas.

Proposals also include car parking with disabled, parent and child, two electric charging points and Cycle Parking, a full height glazed frontage to allow natural light into the store and reduce electricity consumption.

Lidle say the new site in a convenient location for nearby residential neighbourhoods that are currently poorly provided for, and will increase choice for shoppers in Irvine as a whole.

Gordon Rafferty, Head of Property – Scotland, Lidl GB said: “We are extremely pleased to bring forward our revised plans at Stanecastle Roundabout in Irvine following the overwhelming level of public support we received at our consultation last year.

“Having engaged with North Ayrshire Council we have agreed a number of changes to our proposals. We are pleased to now be able to submit our new proposals, our new store will help us achieve our ambition of increasing our footprint in North Ayrshire beyond our two current stores.

“The new store will provide much needed retail offering to the neighbourhoods of Irvine which are currently poorly under-provided for.

“It would also provide further choice for shoppers in Irvine as a whole. There is clear demand for our store as demonstrated by the near 300 letters of support have received.

“We are now in a position to resubmit an application for the new store and are keen to inform local residents and engage with key stakeholders regarding our proposals.

We welcome the views and observations from across Irvine and are looking forward to meeting local residents and other stakeholders at our upcoming Public Information Days.”

Lidl are holding two Public Information Days to showcase their revised proposals for Irvine to members of the public.

These are taking place between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October at Gulab Tandoori Indian Restaurant and Bar on Stanecastle Roundabout.

The revised application has been submitted following consultation with North Ayrshire Council.

A new store would mark a return to the town after Lidl  pulled the plug on their Riverway Retail Park shop in 2011 because the size of the unit couldn’t accommodate the store’s increasing range of goods.

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