Low-cost shoppers can look forward to welcoming a Lidl in Leek

EXPANDING German low-cost supermarket chain Lidl is planning to open up shop in Leek later this year.

The company has acquired the site previously occupied by Waitrose and before it the Co-op on Buxton Road.

The site has stood vacant since Waitrose shut up shop in September after blaming a drop in trade.

Lidl is one of the favourites of the country’s low-cost shoppers alongside it’s German arch rival Aldi.

The company has 650 stores and 10 distribution centres across Great Britain employing 20,000 people.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader Sybil Ralphs has welcomed Lidl’s decision to come to Leek.

“They will be an asset to the town and will bring another shopping experience for the people of Leek and the surrounding areas,” she said.