Development company, S Harrison, will start work demolishing a former packaging site on James Street in York next month, after plans were approved for a new multi-million Lidl supermarket.
Work will begin in November, with a view to opening the new store next summer. The supermarket will be Lidl’s second in the area, following the opening of its store on Thanet Road in February 2011.
York-based S Harrison has worked closely with site owner Perio News Limited and Lidl UK, on the scheme which will create up to 40 new jobs at the new store. Plans for the supermarket also detail 130 parking spaces and four bays for electric vehicle charging.
Ann Scott, from S Harrison, said: “We are delighted to secure planning permission for this development, which will deliver a significant investment, as well as creating jobs in this part of York. The site has languished for many years, and to have the opportunity to create a long-term, economically sustainable development is fantastic for both James Street, and York as a whole.”
The new supermarket, which will back onto Foss Island Retail Park, will be easily accessible, stocking high quality products at low prices, as well as offering an in-store bakery.
S Harrison has a proven track-record of delivering successful retail projects in York. The company recently developed new purpose-built premises at Monks Cross for electrical contractor and retailer Herbert Todd & Son to expand into following the redevelopment of the company’s previous premises on Percy’s Lane into a student accommodation scheme. It also recently refurbished Hunter House, a historic building on Goodramgate, which includes two high-quality retail units on the ground floor – one of which is leased to Savers.