Plans have been revealed for a new Lidl store proposed for Herne Bay.
The discount foodstore is looking to build the new shop on the Old Thanet Way near the Greenhill Roundabout, between Roundabout Farm and the HGV entrance for the waste recycling centre.
Along with the store itself, a 125 space car park will be included in the construction as well as an entrance/exit off the Old Thanet Way and a landscaping strategy to minimise the impact on wildlife.
According to research, the new store would have a limited impact on the area and other local retailers.
Head of property for Lidl Uk, Paul Mason said “It is important to recognise that discount foodstores have a relatively low turnover and a limited range of lines resulting in a very low traffic generation and retail impact when compared to major multiples.”
“The Competition Commission have categorically confirmed that discount foodstores, such as Lidl and Aldi, are complementary to other retailers and due to their limited range and low turnover do not compete (to any significant degree) with any other retailers (large or small).”
If the store goes ahead, it is anticipated that it will create up to 40 local jobs, all paid at least the living wage.
Lidl are keen to hear your views. There is an informal open day taking place on Thursday 5th October 10am – 7pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Herne Drive, Greenhill, CT6 7SH where you can get more details on the plans.
All positive and negative comments will be collated for formal submission to Canterbury City Council.