UPDATED 30th January – Construction to begin on the Hersham Lidl store!
Construction to begin on the Hersham Lidl store!
Update 30th January 2017: Some of you may be wondering what is happening with the Lidl construction? Demolition of the old Riverdene Business Park was completed towards the end of 2016 but since then it seems to have gone fairly quiet….
We spoke to the Hersham Councillor Mary Sheldon (who else!), who contacted Lidl UK and received the following response:
“Regrettably, there have been some delays to the project, principally due to the levels of additional remediation required on site. This was completely unforeseen (not to mention very costly) but nonetheless we had to deal with it in the correct manner, securing the relevant approvals from the Local Planning Authority. We are finalising the deal with our developer partner and are anticipating a start on site in the spring time with an 18 month build programme.
I can appreciate your frustration with the delays to the project but as I’ve explained above, these were due to circumstances that were out of our hands. We are keen to progress and open our store as expediently as possible.”
Reading between the lines it sounds like they have encountered further complications than were initially anticipated and this has required high level budget approval from Lidl UK in order to remediate,
Given the quoted build start time of ‘spring’ and an estimated 18 months it id looking less and less likely that we will see Lidl opening its long awaited doors anytime in 2018!
Press Release 21st June 2016: Representatives from Lidl UK today met with Ward Councillor Mary Sheldon on the site of the new food store on the 2.2 acre former Riverdene Industrial Estate to discuss Lidl’s plans for the site.
Demolition will commence this summer with a view to starting construction later on in the year. It is anticipated that the development will complete in 2018 and the store will create up to 40 jobs.
The multi-million pound investment, will see Lidl build a sustainable 2,540m² store with a glass-fronted façade and 38 apartments above. The supermarket will boast state of the art facilities including an instore bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilets, baby changing facilities and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
Along with its cutting edge design, the ‘Lidl of the Future’ store will also go a step further to streamline processes, maximise efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. The building reduces the CO2emission rate by over 20% when compared with a building of the same type, size and use; that’s circa 40 tons of CO2a year, which is equivalent to flying a jumbo jet over 700 miles.
Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Chris Young-Wootton, commented: “There’s been much anticipation for this new Lidl store and it’s great that we are now in a position to break the ground and start the site redevelopment . We are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received so far, and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we enter this next phase of the development.”
Mary Sheldon, Hersham Village Ward Councillor said: “I know Hersham residents are very much looking forward to the new Lidl store within the community. It’s a most exciting scheme that I know will definitely enhance the neighbourhood.”
The supermarket, has experienced continued growth over the years, as consumers flock to the shop to discover products ranging from quality British fruit and vegetables to premiums wines from its much coveted Wine Cellar collections. Lidl’s success shows no signs of slowing, as the latest Kantar Worldpanel results outline its continued growth and market share high of 4.4%.
The new store in Hersham will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 630, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which hope to see this increase to 1,200 store in the future.
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