DEMOLITION works are to begin to make way for a new Lidl supermarket in Airdrie.

The supermarket giants revealed that demolition is commencing at its Carlisle Road site in the town following permission being granted by planning officers at North Lanarkshire Council.

The Glasgow Times understands that the new Lidl store being built on a site previously owned by Distelll International Ltd which is relocating its operations to a new facility in East Kilbride.

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The Airdrie store construction marks a milestone in the retailer’s continued investment in North Lanarkshire which, alongside another site in Bellshill currently being built, represent a multi-million pound investment for the area and will create around 80 jobs for the local economy.

This follows the opening of Lidl’s largest Regional Distribution Centre in Motherwell in 2019, showcasing the retailer’s continued commitment to investing in North Lanarkshire.

The new store in Airdrie will have solar panels installed on the roof, as well as rapid electric vehicle charging points in the car park.

With a 1255m² sales area, the store will feature facilities including an instore bakery and customer toilets with baby changing.

It will also have money-back recycling stations installed, in preparation for the Scottish Government’s Deposit Return Scheme rollout in July 2022.

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Gordon Rafferty, Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, said: “We’re very excited to commence demolition works at our new Airdrie site.

"This marks another important milestone in our ongoing investment in the area as we further grow our foothold in North Lanarkshire.”

With over 100 stores in Scotland, Lidl say they have experienced continued growth in the country over the years as consumers flock to the supermarket to discover its great value products – currently sourced from over 60 Scottish suppliers - ranging from quality fruit and vegetables, to dairy and bakery lines.

The latest Kantar Worldpanel results highlight Lidl’s continued success with increased sales year on year and market share of 6.1%.