A partially vacant former packaging warehouse on James Street in York is to be demolished to make way for a new Lidl store.
The unloved building once occupied by packaging firm SCA will be replaced by a contemporary Lidl supermarket, following a £5 million investment.
Property development company S Harrison has submitted a planning application for new store. It will work with the site’s owners Perio News Limited, and Lidl UK to deliver the project within the next 18 months, with work due to start this autumn.
More than 30 construction and 40 retail jobs will be created, helping to bolster the local economy, and the supermarket will open during summer 2019.
The store will have a contemporary design and 130 car parking spaces.
Chris Hale from S Harrison said: “Providing local people with a spacious, attractive shopping centre, and a full range of competitively priced products, as well as an in-store bakery, the redevelopment has been welcomed by the local community.”
Other recent S Harrison retail projects in York include the recent refurbishment of Hunter House, a historic building on Goodramgate, where the firm has created two retail units on the ground floor – one of which is leased to Savers.
The firm has also developed a new Monks Cross home for electrical retailer Herbert Todd & Son, following the purchase and redevelopment of the company’s previous premises on Percy’s Lane into a modern living environment for 106 students.
Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores across Europe and the US. The James Street store will be the second to open in York.