Lidl plans for expansion of Wells store
THE Lidl supermarket in Strawberry Way, Wells, could become bigger.
The company has told Wells Voice that it has acquired the neighbouring Travis Perkins builders’ merchants site with a view to enlarging the store.
A company spokesman said: “We can confirm that we have acquired the Travis Perkins site adjacent to our existing store which will enable us to enhance our store offering in Wells.”
The German discount chain has been popular with British customers since the first store opened here in 1994, and it has steadily increased its share of the grocery market.
It has more than 760 stores around the country, with ambitious plans to expand further. BristolLive has reported that it wants to open 13 new stores in the Bristol area alone.
Meanwhile, a planning application has been submitted to Mendip District Council for the proposed demolition of the Travis Perkins buildings, with work intended to take place in April 2021.
The application says the reason for the demolition is because the buildings are no longer fit for purpose.
The application has been made by construction and development company Soldi, which has its head office in Radstock. The company’s website reports on a number of projects it has worked on – including projects for Lidl in Bridgwater, Yeovil and Exeter.
Travis Perkins says it is looking at what its options might be when it does move from Strawberry Way.
A spokesperson said: “The lease for our Travis Perkins branch in Strawberry Way in Wells is up for renewal in January 2021.
“While we remain committed to our customers and the local community here and would have liked to remain on site, we have started to explore alternative options if the lease is now not renewed.”