Lidl GB is excited to announce plans to open a new supermarket in Wavertree, on the site of the former Co-op on Church Road North. The store will have a unique and bespoke design, which is intended to pay tribute to the former cinema building.
Extensive surveys have been undertaken which have found that the former cinema building has not been properly maintained over many years. It is now beyond economic repair.
Before submitting a planning application to Liverpool City Council, Lidl would like to hear the community’s thoughts on the plans. We are committed to public consultation and are delighted to therefore provide this opportunity for local residents to review the development plans.
This website provides details of the planning application which will be submitted to Liverpool City Council shortly. If you have any questions about the proposals, please email email@example.com or call 0800 089 0361. To ‘Have Your Say’ on the proposals, please click here.
When Lidl purchased the building, they were not granted access to survey the structure or upper floors. Lidl has since completed all necessary surveys and these have found that the building has been poorly maintained over many years and that it is unfortunately not viable to renovate the building.
Therefore, we are proposing to build a unique, specially-designed, high-quality store appropriate to this sensitive location within the Wavertree Village Conservation Area.
Lidl is aware of Historic England’s recent decision to list the building. We are now considering next steps.
Our planning application will include a detailed Transport Assessment, which will be reviewed by Liverpool City Council’s Highways Team. The Transport Assessment will take into consideration issues such as Lidl’s expected busiest periods.
The site is well-located in the heart of the community and is well connected to the wider local footpath network.
Lidl will provide cycle parking in a highly visible location at front of the store.
The site is well-located for the bus network, next to local bus stops on Childwall Road and Church Road North.
Everyone knows we’re Lidl on price. So, it’s time to tell you what we’re Big on.
We’re Big on Quality. Big on the big shop. Big on all the things that matter. Big on the things that make cupboards and bellies and life feel fuller. Big on detergent that gets your socks white and cheese that knocks them off. Big on carrots that crunch and chillies with bite. Big on cuisine from far and wide, and meat from local farmers. Big on brands and biscuits and baby stuff and bicycle pumps and butter. We’re Big on everything.
Except of course, on price, because that’s where we’ll always be Lidl.
Lidl first opened its doors in Great Britain in 1994 and currently has over 25,000 employees, 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl takes pride in providing top quality products at low prices.
The Lidl retail philosophy is focused on simplicity and maximum efficiency at every stage of the business, from supplier to customer, enabling the company to sell high quality own brand and well-known products at low prices.
Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat, poultry, fruit and veg from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat, poultry, fruit and veg is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards, with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry at excellent value.
Lidl GB sells over 50 different Fairtrade certified products, from bananas originating from Colombia, tea picked in Kenya and cocoa for our chocolate, grown in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to the products we sell all year round, we proudly support specific Fairtrade campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight. This is an opportunity to give a voice to farmers and growers throughout the world.
The new Wavertree store would feature our famous ‘Middle of Lidl’ products. Our ever-changing middle aisle offers customers the opportunity to purchase non-food household items at bargain prices. Click here to see this week’s offers.
The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.
LIDL HAS COMMITTED TO BEING:
Good for Producers – including championing the British food and farming sector, focusing on our supplier relationships, human rights and ethical trade, and animal welfare
Good for People – including healthy eating, supporting charities such as the NSPCC and by becoming the employer of choice in our sector
Good for our Planet – by promoting a low carbon economy, minimising food waste, ensuring our supply chains are deforestation free and by reducing, recycling and re-using plastics and packaging
For more details on Lidl’s sustainability commitments, click here.
A new Lidl store in Wavertree will deliver significant new benefits for the local community:
A planning application for the proposed new Lidl supermarket at Wavertree will be submitted shortly to Liverpool City Council, who will make a decision on whether to approve the store proposals.
If you want our project to be successful, it is vitally important that you make your views known so that they can be taken into account when the Council’s Planning Committee decides whether to approve or refuse the application.
If you are keen to see a new neighbourhood foodstore in Wavertree, please indicate your support for the application on the feedback form (click here). Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As with all developments there will be people who are for and people who are against the development and it is very important that everyone has their say. We would ask those people who have concerns about the proposals to contact us by (clicking here) and completing a feedback form. We will then seek to address these wherever possible.
The Co-op took the decision to close their store and approached Lidl to offer the store for sale. At the time of announcing the closure, the Co-op said:
“The Co-op has a clear strategy to be the number one convenience retailer in the UK, and while this usually involves opening new stores, as part of this focus and after exploring a range of viable alternatives for the site, a decision has been taken to sell our Church Road North, Wavertree, store…The sale will enable Co-op to continue to invest in the expansion and modernisation of its store estate to deliver the quality and convenience which Members and customers expect.”
As the building was designed as a cinema, there is very little natural light on the upper floors. In order to create habitable space, substantial alterations would be needed to the building. Even if the building could be converted to flats or apartments, any such development is unlikely to be economically viable.
There are also not enough parking spaces to cater for residents and Lidl customers.
No. The original cinema auditorium was destroyed when the Supermarket was first built. We do not know for sure what happened to the screen, but the upper floors of the building have been altered to cater for the various recent uses of the building including a snooker hall and bingo hall.
As our pictures show, almost all of the original features have either been removed or substantially damaged. For example, the original ceiling in the auditorium has been damaged beyond repair by the installation of modern ventilation pipework required for the upper levels to be used.
This is an option we considered. The original building was constructed around a steel frame, which would need to be retained and renovated. Further steelwork would likely be required to keep the façade safely in position.
It is also worth noting that even if the façade could be retained, the feature corner of the building is beyond repair and would need to be replaced with a modern replica.
Such work is expected to render the project economically unviable.
Historic England has recently decided to list the building. We are now considering next steps.
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