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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Shoppers give thumbs-up to possible Lidl for Maryport

Plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Maryport have been given the thumbs-up by townsfolk.

The company is about to launch a public consultation on its proposal for a 2,500 square metre store that it wants to build at Milltoft, off Curzon Street.

It would create 30 direct jobs together with construction employment and would open next year.

It would be the chain’s largest UK store.

Two drop-in sessions will be held at the town’s Wave Centre on Monday, August 11, and Tuesday, August 12, from 1pm to 7pm.

Leaflets are also being sent to local households and businesses.

A rugby pitch and two football pitches on the proposed development site would be repositioned within the same field and more clearly marked out.

The land is owned by Allerdale council and, if the project goes ahead, it would be sold to Lidl as part of a deal being managed by Allerdale Investment Partnership.

The initiative was established to enable the council to dispose of surplus assets and deliver development opportunities.

Florence Goldie, 80, of Ewanrigg Road, said she usually bought her shopping via the internet, but a new Lidl store would tempt her to shop in town.

Sharon Barnes, 51, of Edinburgh Road, said: “Anything that helps Maryport people shop in Maryport is welcome.”

Susan Wilkinson, 51, of Edinburgh Road, added: “At the moment a local shop is often cheaper than the supermarket in Maryport.

“I shop at Tesco and Asda. I would shop in Maryport if there was a Lidl here.”

Richard Hine, 63, of Bounty Avenue, said: “I am absolutely in favour of this. I go to Tesco but would definitely shop here if there was a Lidl.”

Have your say

A good move, anything that will give Spar and the Co-Op a bit of a challenge must be a good thing. It would bring Lidl a bit closer than the store at Wigton after the store at Whitehaven closed, just a pity we cannot get one on Moorclose Est in Workington as we are also stuck with a Spar which is not a cheap place to shop.

Posted by Bolverk on 8 August 2014 at 10:02

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