Closure of Cromer’s BP filling station as Lidl prepares to move in

The countdown to the arrival of a Lidl superstore in Cromer has begun after the long-standing BP filling station and Spar shop ceased trading.

The fuel pumps have been removed from the Holt Road garage, paving the way for a series of events that will result in the opening of the cut-price German-owned store at the site in summer 2013.

But, as feared by some people in the town, the reduction in the number of places to get petrol and diesel has already seen cars queuing onto Prince of Wales Road at Morrisons filling station.

A Lidl spokesman said Subway would continue to trade at the site until September 3, while Lidl was 'discharging all planning conditions'.

She added: 'Demolition will commence in September followed by redevelopment for a 1063m sq foodstore and a 74m sq Subway unit and 66 car parking spaces.'

The supermarket will add to competition in Cromer, which already has a Co-Op, Morrisons, Budgens and Iceland.

The closure of the BP filling station leaves Cromer with two others - Morrisons and East Coast Motors on Beach Road.

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