LIDL’S oldest store on the island of Ireland, located in Cookstown, is set to be replaced with a new build £7 million supermarket.
The German discounter has submitted a full planning application to redevelop the site of a former retail unit on Orritor Road, close to M&S and Tesco.
It will mean Lidl vacating its existing store on Station Square in the Co Tyrone town.
The unit, just off Molesworth Street, was opened in 1999, representing Lidl’s first entry into the Irish grocery market.
The retailer opened its first stores in the Republic the following year.
In the planning application submitted to Mid Ulster District Council this week, Lidl is seeking permission to demolish the former JC Campbell Electrics unit on Orritor Road and Burn Road and develop a modern store.
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The unit next to Cookstown Baptist Church was previously used by Stewarts and then Tesco.
Lidl said it will represent a £7m investment and support 40 jobs, expanding on the 22 staff it already employs in Cookstown.
The grocer previously carried out a community consultation on its plans in late August.
It marks the continuation of Lidl’s programme of replacing the oldest of its 41 stores across the north.
The German company is set to open its new replacement store in Strabane later this year and last month secured planning permission to replace its Coleraine store with a new unit at Riverside Retail Park.
Lidl is also developing stores in new locations, with Carryduff and Belfast's Boucher Road next on its list.