Lidl confirms demolition plans to build new concept store in Omagh
GERMAN retailer Lidl has confirmed plans to embark on a demolition project in Omagh to make way for a new concept store on its existing site.
The early version of the proposal suggests the discount chain will seek permission to knock down not just its own store at the busy junction of the Dromore Road and James Street, but it will examine the potential demolition of a neighbouring pub, house and veterinary practice.
Lidl has launched a pre-application process, which will involve a consulting with the community before drafting a final proposal for the project.
The supermarket chain, which has operated on the Omagh site since 2003, has embarked on an upgrade strategy across the island, replacing its better performing outlets with its new larger concept store.
It typically invests between £6-8 million in the new 24,000 sq ft supermarkets, with a number of new jobs created.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Lidl Northern Ireland told the Irish News: “We can confirm that we have lodged a pre-planning application notice to replace our existing Lidl store in Omagh and rebuild a new state-of-the-art store with a larger sales floor and warehouse and improved employee welfare facilities.
“We hope for a positive outcome to our initial application in due course.”
Lidl last undertook a renovation project in Omagh during 2013, closing its store for a period.
It’s understood that the new plans would involve closing the present store throughout the demolition and rebuild.
But in similar cases, Lidl has sought to set-up a temporary store in an alternative premises until the construction project is complete.
Lidl is also pressing ahead with a large concept store in Strabane.
Unlike Omagh, the discounter has purchased a larger site, currently occupied by car dealer Pat Kirk and Strabane Retail Park, home to Argos, Menarys, New Look and Peacocks.
Lidl’s application for the site, which involves demolition and building a new supermarket and a retail unit, was submitted at the end of July.