Lidl sets its sights on Longwell Green
PLANS to build a large Lidl store at the former Homebase site in Longwell Green won't affect the Hanham branch, the budget supermarket has confirmed.
Lidl says its stores have been so popular, there is a demand for two branches in the area
Customers to the High Street store were concerned it could close after Lidl announced its intentions to open in Aldermoor Way.
A spokesperson for Lidl said: “Since our current store on Hanham High Street opened, our business has experienced exponential growth, with more customers shopping at Lidl than ever before.
“In order for us to continue providing the best possible shopping experience and service for new and existing customers in both Hanham, Longwell Green and beyond, it is necessary for us to open a second store in the area.
“We would like to take the opportunity to express our gratitude to the community for all the support that we have received for our plans so far.”
At the time of going to print, Lidl had not yet submitted plans for the new store to South Gloucestershire Council but a letter to the authority from the company's agent reveals Lidl's intentions.
The letter states Lidl wants to create two units for both a supermarket and a non-food store, but has not revealed who might be its neighbour.
It also hopes to demolish the former garden centre to make way for extra car parking.
Lidl has, however, submitted plans for an illuminated sign at the site, a request which has to be considered by the council under different regulations.
A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire Council said: “If an application is received to change or re-purpose the former Homebase building, this will be published via our planning portal and residents will be notified in the normal way and invited to comment as part of the normal application and decision-making process.”
Homebase Longwell Green closed at the end of 2018 after experiencing difficult trading conditions which led to the company announcing it would close 42 outlets nationally.
The branch became a Homebase clearance outlet, used to get rid of unwanted stock, before closing for good.
Previous owners, Australian firm Wesfarmers, bought Homebase for £340m in 2016 but plans to rebrand it as Bunnings were unsuccessful.