Public exhibition to show new Lidl store at Kingsway, Gloucester

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A public exhibition is to be held on January 8 into proposals for a new Lidl store in Kingsway, Gloucester.

Developer Robert Hitchins Ltd is hoping to bring the supermarket to the vacant 2.7-acre brownfield site on the corner of Naas Lane and Newhaven Road, Quedgeley, next to Avionics House. The store would also have 140 parking spaces.

The exhibition to seek local feedback will be held on January 8 at the Kingsway Community Centre, Thatcham Avenue, Quedgeley from 2.30pm until 7.30pm.

Representatives from Lidl,  Robert Hitchins Ltd and consultants DPP Planning will be on hand to answer questions before a planning application is submitted to Gloucester City Council.

The multi-million pound investment by Robert Hitchins and Lidl UK will see the construction of a sustainable store with a net sales area of 1,325sq m, creating up to 40 new jobs.

The supermarket will include features such as an in-store bakery, a customer toilet and dual-packing facilities.

Lidl UK has experienced continued growth as consumers flock to discover its great-value products, more than two thirds of which are British sourced.

The proposed supermarket in Kingsway will add to Lidl’s portfolio of 720 stores in the UK. It will also form part of its plans to open up to 50 new stores a year.

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Glen Stidever, commented: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of opening a Lidl in Kingsway and serving our fresh, quality and incredibly good-value produce which shoppers across the country have come to love. We look forward to welcoming anyone along to the public consultation day and showcasing our plans whilst answering any questions.”

Robert Hitchins’ Senior Development Manager, Michael Plimmer, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lidl on this exciting new store proposal which we feel will add to the choice and range of facilities in easy reach of the growing population at Kingsway.”

Kingsway has emerged on the site of the former 340-acre RAF Quedgeley. The original masterplan included 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail, sports area and primary school.

Robert Hitchins, based at Boddington, Gloucestershire, is one of the leading property developers and investors in the South West and South Wales. It deals with the full development process from site acquisition and planning through to development and investment.

A dedicated website for the store will be going live shortly at www.gloucesternewhavenroad.lidl.co.uk