Expert developer and regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, has exchanged contracts with one of Europe’s leading food retailers, Lidl, for the development of a foodstore on a site at the junction of Cobridge Road and Pavillion Drive in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
A planning application has been submitted for a unit of over 22,800 sq ft, which includes a sales area of nearly 15,000 sq ft. The development would also feature more than 100 car parking spaces, including disabled and family spaces.
The 1.85 acre plot sits adjacent to the St. Modwen developed Festival Heights Retail Park, which is home to leading electrical retailer Currys, Halfords and fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The new Lidl store will be developed on this site, which was formally home to Evergreens Public House and a petrol filling station, providing much needed regeneration to a space that has been dormant for some years. The free standing site, strategically located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, fronts the A53 main road.
The proposed Lidl store will complement the existing shopping in the area and provides the local community with a wider choice of food retailers. The agreement with Lidl is subject to planning consent being granted by the local authority.
Mike Herbert, Regional Director at St. Modwen, said: “Our proposal unlocks the potential of the Cobridge Road site and greatly enhances the local community by diversifying the offering in this area, allowing for business to thrive in Stoke-on-Trent as well as creating around 40 local jobs.
“St. Modwen’s long-term commitment to the region is evidenced by the successes of the Festival Park area following the company’s acquisition of the site after the 1980’s Garden Festival. Our extension of the development enabled the creation of both Festival Heights and Etruria Valley – and to date, over 300 acres of land has been regenerated by St. Modwen in this part of Stoke.
“So far, our developments in this area have provided around 6,700 new jobs, creating better futures for the North Staffordshire community.”