Warm welcome in Wymondham for Lidl plans

Lidl has plans to open a new discount supermarket in Wymondham. Picture: SUBMITTED

Lidl has plans to open a new discount supermarket in Wymondham. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Plans for a new Lidl discount supermarket in Wymondham have been met with enthusiasm.

Dozens of people went to an information session at the town's Central Hall in Back Lane yesterday to ask questions and take a detailed look at the proposal.

Lidl plans to take over the site now occupied by Poundstretcher at the junction of Falconer's Chase and Farrier Close on the Gateway 11 Business Park.

Barbara Rowe, from Edwin Close, said: 'It's a good idea. I've shopped at Lidl for a decade now and this would mean we wouldn't have to go to the Attleborough store.'

Carol MacKenzie, from Gooch Road, said: 'Competition is always good, and I like the meat at Lidl.'

A Poundstretcher spokesman said they had no plans to close their store, however the Mercury understands the site owner could give the lease to Lidl, or Lidl could buy the site outright, if planning permission for the supermarket is granted.

The store would employ about 40, double the roughly 20 workers Poundstetcher has there now.

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Another visitor to the session, Jenny Blanchflower from Harts Farm Road, said: 'It looks like [the Lidl] is going to go ahead, but hopefully the Poundstetcher jobs can be saved.'

The store would be open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

The plans are online at www.njlconsulting.co.uk/farrierclose

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