// Lidl has called on the British public to find new store locations for it as it pushes ahead with its plan to open 1,100 stores in the UK by 2025
// Members of the public will receive either 1.5% of the full freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leases for identification of suitable sites.
Lidl has appealed to the UK public to identify sites for its new stores and will pay a finder’s fee to anyone who highlights a suitable location.
The fee will be either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leases. That would equate to £22,500 for a site buy of £1.5m.
The discounter, which is investing £1.3bn in expansion in 2021 and 2022, has released a list of desired locations across the UK which includes: Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Swansea, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cambridge and Edinburgh.
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Lidl aims to open 1,100 stores in the UK by the end of 2025. Year-to-date the discounter, which last month overtook The Co-op to become the UK’s sixth-largest supermarket Uni, has already opened 23 new stores.
Richard Taylor, Development Director of Lidl GB, said: “We know the majority of UK shoppers still like to shop in person and we are more committed than ever to opening new stores and improving our existing stores.
“We open on average one new store per week, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of maintaining this rate over the past two years. But there are still communities across the country telling us how badly they want – and need – a Lidl store.
“We work with some of the best people in the business to identify new sites, but we also know how engaged our current and future customers are and we want to capitalize on that.”
Members of the public are encouraged to check Lidl’s site requirements and contact the discounter’s property team for further details. More information can be found here: www.lidl.co.uk/about-us/property
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