A new Lidl store - Foresters Way, Sinfin, Derby 


Lidl have announced plans to open a new, multimillion-pound store in Derby, on the former site of Buzz Bingo at Foresters Way in Sinfin.

In the coming weeks, a planning application to convert the existing building into the new store will be submitted to Derby City Council. However, before that happens, we want to know what you think about the proposals.

To have your say, please complete our online survey – it will only take a couple of minutes.

The proposals 

Buzz Bingo left the building at Foresters Way earlier this year. To ensure the building doesn’t stand empty for long, and continues to play an important economic role in the local area, we want to convert it into a new, modern Lidl store and car park. Our plans, which are part of a £1.45bn investment by Lidl in its expansion across Great Britain in 2019 and 2020, will deliver:

• A new, modern 1, 2336 sq m (net sales) Lidl store with dedicated in-store bakery
• Lidl’s full range of award-winning, great-value products
• Up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people
• A 108-space car park, including 6 disabled spaces and 9 parent and child spaces
• Two electric vehical charging points
• More shopping choice and convenience for those living nearby. 

 

Highways and access 

In terms of traffic, we anticipate that, at peak times, the majority of our customers will already be on roads around the site when they decide to visit us, simply turning in to the store on their way past. This means that there will only be a negligible traffic impact on the surrounding roads.

Vehicles will enter and exit the site using the existing entry off Foresters Way. Those walking to the store will be able to access the site via the existing pedestrian access off Foresters Way, as well as a brand new pedestrian ramp off Sinfin Lane.

Deliveries will be made to the store using a dedicated service bay to the east side of the store. Deliveries will be infrequent; for example, a typical Lidl receives a maximum of 2 deliveries per day.

New store design 

We want to ensure that our customers have the best possible shopping experience whilst shopping with us, which is why the new store will benefit from a number of modern features, including spacious aisles, longer-style tills, a customer toilet and baby changing facilities.

As part of our commitment to the environment, the new store will also incorporate the latest green technologies, including Motion Sensor Lighting and Heat Source Air Pumps, which provide a low carbon solution to heating the store.

About Lidl 

We opened our first Lidl supermarket in Germany in 1973, employing three people and stocking around
500 product lines. In 1994, we opened our first British store in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. We now have over 800 stores, as well as 13 strategically located distribution centres, across England, Scotland and Wales.

We take great pride in selling locally sourced goods at great prices. Our stores are operated by a network of dedicated, friendly store colleagues, helping to establish and develop the success of the company. 


New jobs for local people 

The proposed Lidl store will generate up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people.

All Lidl recruitment specifically targets our stores’ primary catchment areas (usually less than a 5-minute drive from the store). This means that around 80% of the jobs will be filled locally, providing a real boost to the local economy.

In 2015, we were the first British supermarket to pay all of our employees the real Living Wage and, in March this year, we increased our hourly pay levels above the National Living Wage, meaning our store employees are paid a minimum of £9.30 per hour. We do not operate ‘zero hour’ contracts. At Lidl, we look to invest in our people and offer structured in-house training to see our colleagues moving on within our business.


Social responsibility

Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of our daily operations, and we place a strong emphasis on our responsibility to people, society and the environment. In 2019, we won the Most Sustainable Retailer of the Year prize at the Retail Industry Awards.

Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers, working with homegrown businesses across the British Isles wherever possible. In 2017, we reinforced this by signing the National Farmers’ Union’s Back British Farming Charter, meaning we are committed to strengthening our relationships with British farmers and extending our British range even further.

We also work hard to make sure the key ingredients in our products are ethically-sourced, and have collaborated closely with internationally-recognised organisations including Fairtrade Foundation, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance to help drive improvements. 


 

Our partners 

At Lidl, we’re proud of our Great British partnerships and work with a number of organisations and charities that reflect our values. We aim to enhance the lives of our customers and their communities with these partnerships, as well as work to benefit Great Britain on a larger scale through links with environmental and charitable organisations.

Our partners include the NSPCC, our national charity partner since 2017, and Neighbourly, who we partnered with to launch our first national food redistribution programme, Feed It Back. 


What happens now? 

All feedback will be carefully considered and, where possible and appropriate, incorporated into our proposals. A planning application for the site will then be submitted to Derby City Council in the coming weeks.

Contact us 

To have your say on the plans, please complete our online survey. Alternatively, you can email your comments to jake.cunliffe@fieldsendassociates.com.

If you have any queries about the proposals, please feel free to contact Jake Cunliffe from Fieldsend Associates, part of our Community Relations Team, on 0800 024 6109 or jake.cunliffe@fieldsendassociates.com.

For more information about Lidl GB, please visit www.lidl.co.uk