Lidl calls on the public to help locate new Scottish sites

Lidl GB has asked the Scottish public to help identify sites for new stores across Scotland.

The discount retailer, which is investing £1.3billion in its expansion in 2021 and 2022, is offering a finder’s fee to members of the public who successfully identify suitable sites for new Lidl stores.

The fee is either 1.5% of the full freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leases, which would equate to £22,500 for a £1.5m site purchase .

The news comes as Lidl publishes its annual list of locations across the country where it wants to acquire sites for potential store developments.

The latest list includes the following locations across Scotland:

  • Aberdeenshire – Garthdee, Mastrick (move), Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Stonehaven and Westhill.
  • Ayrshire – South Ayr, Cumnock, Irvine, Kilmarnock and Largs.
  • Dundee – City Center and Broughty Ferry.
  • Edinburgh – Barnton/Davidson Mains, City Centre, Colinton/Currie, Gilmerton, Jewel/Newcraighall, Liberton, Meadowbank, Morningside, Murrayfield, Newington/Mayfield, Nicolson St, Oxgangs and Portobello.
  • Falkirk – Bo’Ness, Denny, Polmont and Stenhousemuir.
  • Fife – Dunfermline North and South, Kirkcaldy North/East, Leven and St Andrews.
  • Glasgow – Baillieston, Cathcart, Crookston, Durmchapel, Ibrox, Merchant City, Springburn and Summerston.
  • North Lanarkshire – North and South Cumbernauld, Moodiesburn and Wishaw.

Since the start of 2022, Lidl has already opened 23 new stores across the UK, including stores in Bellshill, Blairgowrie and Edinburgh Straiton.

In March 2022 it became the 6th largest supermarket in the UK.

Richard Taylor, Development Director at Lidl GB, said: “We are opening a new store a week on average, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of maintaining this pace over the past two years. .

“But there are still communities across the country telling us how badly they want a Lidl store.

“We work with some of the best people in the industry to identify new sites, but we also know how engaged our current and future customers are and we want to leverage that.

“Our finder’s fees are therefore available to absolutely anyone who can identify a viable option for a new store that we are not yet aware of, and we welcome any suitable suggestions that will help us reach our ambitious goal of 1,100 stores. end of 2025.”

Site requirements include prominent locations with easy access and heavy foot or foot traffic. Freehold, leasehold or emphyteutic leasehold opportunities are preferred.

Unit sizes should be between 18,000 and 26,500 square feet, with room for more than 100 dedicated parking spaces. For stand-alone stores, Lidl is looking for more than 1.5 acres or up to 4 acres for mixed-use schemes.

Since its establishment in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has more than 27,500 employees, with more than 920 stores and 13 distribution centers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Part of the Schwarz retail group, the supermarket – which has more than 341,000 employees worldwide – currently operates around 11,550 stores and more than 200 warehouses in 31 countries.

The group achieved a turnover of 125 billion euros in the 2020 financial year.

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