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Lidl looks to open Harold Hill store

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 January 2016

A Lidl supermarket sign in London.

A Lidl supermarket sign in London.

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Budget supermarket giant Lidl has applied for permission to build a new store in Harold Hill.

The store is planned for the former site of Harold Hill police station, Gooshays Drive.

In January last year Havering Council granted Lidl permission for a 1,153sqm foodstore with 40 parking spaces.

The latest application, due to be determined by Havering Council, is for a 2,289sqm store with 57 parking spaces.

Within its application Lidl says the plans “represent a significant financial commitment to the area by the applicant who expects the store to trade well, to provide valuable local employment and increased economic activity”.

In September Lidl said it planned to open 10 new stores in Havering, with Harold Hill identified as one of the possible locations alongside Collier Row, Elm Park and Rainham.

As the expansion was announced Richard Taylor, Lidl UK property director, said: “As we continue with our ambitious store expansion programme across the UK we’re seeing strong demand, particularly within the Greater London area, for an intelligent retail choice like Lidl.”

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