Supermarket to close down

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 June 2013

Lidl Winterstoke Road Weston.

Lidl Winterstoke Road Weston.

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A WESTON supermarket is set to close down in 10 days' time, bosses have confirmed.

Lidi, in Winterstoke Road, will shut for the final time on June 9, although its head office told the Mercury it is looking for another premises in Weston.

The budget supermarket chain is one of a number of supermarkets situated in the area with Asda, Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi all trading within one mile of each other.

A new Iceland store also opened two months ago in Winterstoke Road, taking over the former Blockbuster unit.

A Lidl spokesman said: “Lidl’s product offering has increased rapidly since the Winterstoke Road store was opened in September 2000.

“Lidl is searching for a suitable location within Weston to build a new store more in keeping with our modern requirements and the needs and expectations of our customers.

“All store staff have been informed of the current situation and Lidl will, as a matter of course, offer all staff the opportunity to relocate to another store should they wish to.”

Signs confirming Lidl’s closure have now been posted in store.

Several Mercury readers discussed the closure on Streetlife, with the overwhelming majority disappointed by the news.

The firm will keep its stores in Worle, Burnham and Clevedon, its spokesman confirmed.

No decision has been made regarding the future of the site, although it could prove to be lucrative to any interested business once the Weston Package roadworks are completed early next year.

The £15million scheme, funded by North Somerset Council and the Department for Transport, will increase capacity on both Winterstoke Road and Marchfields Way in a bid to improve traffic flow.

Lidl’s neighbour, Sweat FA, announced last year plans to move away and potentially be turned into a Home Bargains store, although the gym will remain there for the foreseeable future.

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