Work has officially started on a new Lidl supermarket in Stockton, with leading regeneration specialist Keepmoat describing the new venture as a valuable boost to the local economy.
The 2,470sqm store is being built on the derelict Nifco factory site on Yarm Road and will include associated infrastructure and access for customers.
The £3.4m project will create 40 jobs within the new store, as well as offering employment and training opportunities with Principal contractor Keepmoat during the build process.
David Ward, regional managing director for Keepmoat in the North said: “We have a proven track record of delivering regeneration projects in the North East, and in the last few years we have expanded into considerable new markets.
“This is the latest in a series of contract wins which will see us work on a variety of schemes, including public buildings, local infrastructure and leisure amenities.
“Working in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, we have identified a key way of regenerating a surplus piece of land to enhance and contribute towards the local area. The new Lidl will not only provide an affordable shopping outlet with substantial employment opportunities, but it allows us to continue supporting our trade and upskilling the younger generation, who can take advantage of experience in multiple sectors.”
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “We are continuing to do all we can to support business growth and are keen to support the development of the discount supermarket sector across Stockton Borough so it is fantastic to see this derelict site brought back into use.
“This is yet another sign of business confidence and we’re delighted to learn that Keepmoat is employing local contractors and using local supply chains, which is a welcome boost to the local economy.
“And in addition to all of this, creating a supermarket on the old factory site is also helping the award winning Stockton based company, Nifco, continue to grow.”
The build is expected to progress over 35 weeks, with a projected store opening date in January 2017.
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