Supermarket Lidl has confirmed it is still coming to Boston - but not down Tawney Street.
Instead, it says it plans to build one of its ‘Lidl of the Future’ stores on Westbridge Road - the road which Tesco’s supermarket is accessed from.
Lidl were keen to bring the best store possible to Boston so we have taken this decision to sell the site on Tawney Street and have purchased new land on Westbridge Road.Lidl UK’s regional head of property Colin Rimmer
Bosses confirmed today (Friday) that they had exchanged contracts with Fifth Generation Properties, securing the new site.
They say the build will be a ‘sustainable 1,424m² store (internal sales area) on a 12,858m² site, with plans to create up to 40 new jobs’.
The plans will include ‘state-of-the-art facilities’ including a dedicated in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilets with baby changing facilities and ‘ample’ parking for both cars and bicycles.
Lidl UK’s regional head of property Colin Rimmer said: “We are delighted to be opening a new ‘Lidl of the Future’ store in Boston, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme.
“We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to the local community.
“We are firmly committed to helping boost the local economy by creating new jobs and working with local suppliers in the construction of the new store.
“The team are very much looking forward to confirming a date for our public consultation day when we will outline our plans and get input from those who will directly benefit from the new store.”
Lidl’s original plans to build the store at the site at Tawney Street, were approved by Boston Borouch Council in February of last year, and in January of this year the store said it was reviewing options for the site and that more would be released ‘in due course’.
However, in the six months in between it has mainly been silent, leading a number of residents to believe it had given up on building the store.
However, Mr Rimmer said that a new format unvailed in 2015 detailed a bigger and better store concept than the one originally planned.
He said: “Lidl were keen to bring the best store possible to Boston so we have taken this decision to sell the site on Tawney Street and have purchased new land on Westbridge Road.”
The planned store in Boston will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 630, and bosses say it ‘will form part of the company’s growth plans which hope to see this increase to 1,500 stores in the future’.