New Lidl opens in Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 May 2018

The new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.

The new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.


After years of waiting Harold Hill residents flocked to the opening of the new Lidl store on the site of the old police station.

The new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.The new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.

The supermarket in Gooshays Drive was busy just hours after the ribbon cutting on Thursday (May 17).

Original plans for the store were first submitted in March 2014, and planning permission was given the green light in January 2015.

These plans were then revised after Lidl wanted to build a bigger store than originally approved and received objections from councillors and residents.

However in November 2016 plans were finally accepted and the supermarket chain with stores in Hornchurch and Romford began building work shortly after.

Staff celebrate the opening of the new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.Staff celebrate the opening of the new Lidl store which has opened in Harold Hill.

Harold Hill residents were expecting the store to open last Thursday (May 10) however the company told the Recorder that the opening had to be re-scheduled because car park surfacing-works had not been completed.

Over 230 readers took part in our poll with 70 per cent excited for the new store, while 30 pc didn’t think the borough needed another Lidl.

Taking to Facebook reader Lisa Louise said: “Boycott all Lidls. Teach them a lesson for bulldozing a building that should have been grade a listed in Hornchurch”

Sharron Derouet said: “Trust me I’m no fan of this particular store, never set foot inside one, but it’s not Lidl’s fault that the old cinema was knocked down. “It’s the Secretary of State that grants listing of buildings and it wasn’t granted, all Lidl did was buy the land.”

On the opening day customers were given the chance to sample products along with exclusive deals and offers for the first week of opening.

The new supermarket has created 40 jobs and features a 1,111m² sales area, an in-store bakery, longer-style tills, customer toilets and baby changing.

Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Olu Johnson, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Harold Hill. “It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

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