Shoppers’ delight as new Lidl store opens in Thetford

PUBLISHED: 16:29 21 August 2014

Sylvia Armes, mayor of Thetford, opens the new Lidl in Thetford with district manager Gary Clifton

Sylvia Armes, mayor of Thetford, opens the new Lidl in Thetford with district manager Gary Clifton


Shoppers were queuing for bargains at a budget supermarket this morning as the ribbon was snipped and its doors opened for the first time.

Sylvia Armes, Thetford’s mayor, was on hand with the scissors to declare the new Lidl, on London Road, officially open.

There was coffee and cookies for customers as they took a first look at the 1,400 sqm store, which took 26 weeks to build.

The store’s introduction has created 30 jobs, ten of which are full-time.

Gary Clifton, district manager for Lidl, said he was proud of the store’s staff after they fitted it out in a matter of weeks.

“We took it over two weeks before opening and it was just a shell. We have had to put everything into it to fit it out and it’s a mammoth task.

“We’re really pleased to welcome people in today and we hope they’ll appreciate what we have to offer,” he said.

Mrs Armes, who had a preview of the store before it opened, said she thought it was “a good thing for Thetford”.

“It’s much better than seeing empty shops and factory units and it can only be a good thing.

“It’s brought employment and is close to the bypass so hopefully people from outside the town will come here and stick around to see what Thetford has to offer,” she said.

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  • It is good that a new store has opened in Thetford creating jobs but I'm afraid that my wife and I have given it the thumbs down because there is not enough parking and it reminds us too much of Aldi ! Whose idea was it to us silly designs for disabled and mum and kids markings ??

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