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Lidl supermarket to open in Portishead, but Sainsbury’s awaits council decision

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: March 06, 2012

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Portishead's long-awaited new Lidl supermarket is to open at the end of March – but a question mark still hangs over whether Sainsbury’s can open a new store in the town.

The new discount supermarket at Harbour Road is due to open for the first time on March 29.

The store has 1,100 sq metres of sales area and there will be a 100-space car park, which will be shared between the store and the soon to be completed Travelodge being built above the supermarket.

It has taken just over a year to build the new supermarket, which will create 15 new full and part-time jobs.

The opening of the new Lidl comes as councillors are to decide a second planning application by Sainsbury’s to open a new 30,000 sq ft store at Serbert Way. The chain’s original planning permission for a new £15 million store was quashed by a High Court judge after rival the Co-op applied for a judicial review.

The Co-operative, which has a store at Wyndham Way, said the proposed Sainsbury’s would harm the town.

However, Sainsbury’s said its new store would have ‘no significant adverse impact on the town and that the High Street would benefit from an increased footfall as a result of the new store’. Sainsbury’s had been due to start building the new store last summer but instead submitted a second revised application.

The second application, which has yet to be decided by councillors, has again prompted similar objections from The Co-operative Group and the matter is due to go before councillors this month.

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