Proposed new Lidl store would create up to 40 jobs in Biddulph

GLOBAL supermarket chain Lidl has revealed plans for a second new store in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The German food retailer, which is opening a store in Leek later this year, is eyeing up potential sites in Biddulph for another development in the district.

Jo Hawley, Lidl’s regional head of property, said: “We’ve been interested in opening a store in Biddulph for some time and there are several sites in the area, including the Meadows Special School grounds, that we are looking at.

“Although at the very earliest stages, I can confirm that the proposed store would create up to 40 new full and part-time jobs, provide shoppers with more choice and convenience and, in the case of the old school, rejuvenating an otherwise disused site.”

The Tunstall Road site, pictured, which is owned by Staffordshire County Council, has remained derelict since The Meadows was hit by a major blaze in October 2004. 

The special school has since moved to Springfield Road, Leek.

The Wrekin Housing Trust gained permission from the district council to develop care accommodation for over 50’s on the site, only to withdraw its plans in 2017.