Two new budget supermarkets going ahead on Muller Road
by Keri Beckingham
A NEW Lidl supermarket will be built in Horfield after permission was granted by Bristol City Council.
As reported in Bishopston Voice, the supermarket first secured planning consent for a store on Muller Road in March 2016. However, plans were put on hold last year when Lidl decided that it wanted to build a larger store at the adjacent old bus depot site.
At Bristol City Council’s development control committee on Wednesday May 16, permission for the store was finally granted after it was recommended for approval by council officers. Construction is estimated to start on site within the next two months and it is expected that the store will open early next year.
During the meeting, Tom Brook, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down said: “There is a dire need in this area for reasonably priced, easily accessible food stores. For many residents, the nearby town centres and the Tesco supermarkets at Eastgate and Golden Hill are simply too far away.”
The multi-million investment will see Lidl build a sustainable store with 1,325m² sales area and create up to 40 new jobs. The supermarket will also feature self-scanning checkouts, an instore bakery, a customer toilet, baby changing, electric car charging points and parking for both cars and bicycles. In addition, a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided across Muller Road as part of the highway works.
Commenting on the approval of the plans, Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever said: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on construction. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their patience, and continued support, following the revision to our proposals for Muller Road.
“The recently approved store represents a significant improvement to the previously consented application and will now meet the high demands of our customers. We very much look forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.”
Work is also progressing at Aldi’s new store at the former B&Q site on Muller Road. Speaking to Bishopston Voice about the store’s progress, a spokesman for Aldi said: “Work is progressing well at our new store in Horfield which will open in October.
The new store will include our new layout, which ensures more in-store space for fresh, chilled and food-to-go ranges as well as simpler layouts, improved fixtures and brighter, wider aisles.
“Once we’re open our new store will create up to 30 jobs. Anyone interested in applying can visit www.aldirecruitment.co.uk.”