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New Lidl at Kingsway, Gloucester preparing to open its doors to customers

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Following construction of a new Lidl store in Kingsway, Gloucester, the discount supermarket is in the process of completing its shop fit-out in readiness for an opening on 26 November.

Robert Hitchins Ltd has developed the store for Lidl which is occupying the development on a long-term lease from the property company.

Senior Developer Manager from Robert Hitchins Ltd, Michael Plimmer, said: “We are really pleased that, having only completed the construction of the development in late summer, Lidl has committed to open the store so quickly despite these challenging times.

“It is also a strong endorsement of the location and the opportunity to provide Kingsway residents with improved choice and variety for their weekly shop.”

The new supermarket – Lidl’s fourth in Gloucester – has a 1,325 sq m sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, a customer toilet, electric vehicle rapid charging spaces and ample parking for cars and bicycles.

It forms part of the company’s £1.45bn investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2019 and 2020. Its ongoing success shows no signs of slowing, with the latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlighting Lidl’s increase in sales year on year and market share of 6.1%.

Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Glen Stidever, commented: “There’s been much anticipation for this new Lidl store and we are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received so far. We now look forward to opening our doors and serving our fresh, quality produce to the local community.”

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.

Alder King’s Gloucester office advised Robert Hitchins on the transaction.

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