Former industrial buildings to become Lidl

Work has started on the demolition of two large former industrial buildings on a 2.36 acre site on James Street in York, to make way for a new multi-million pound Lidl supermarket.

York-based development company S Harrison worked with site owner Perio News Limited to secure planning for the supermarket in October, and has awarded the construction contract to Leeds-based Castlehouse Construction.

The newly completed store will create up to 40 jobs at Lidl UK. The supermarket also includes 130 parking spaces, with four bays for electric vehicle charging.

Following the demolition works, a seven month build programme will see the 21,054 sq ft supermarket open in summer 2019.

Andrew Wharton, from S Harrison, said: “Investment on this scale in this part of York is really positive news. The site has had many uses over the years including being a waste disposal site, a packaging factory and latterly a storage facility for television props, but the two large buildings had deteriorated and fallen into a state of disrepair. This exciting development will support economic sustainability and create jobs, as well as being a great place to shop.”