LIDL is hoping to expand its portfolio of properties as part of a £1.3bn investment plan- and it has its eye on dozens of Greater Manchester locations.

In their updated June 2021 site requirements brochure, the German discount retailer announced ‘ambitious’ plans to have 1000 stores across Great Britain by the end of 2023; currently, they have 860 stores.

The list of site requirements comes as Lidl’s store expansion continues at pace, despite the ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic. So far this year Lidl has opened more than 20 new stores across the country.

In addition to offering quality food at great value, all new Lidl stores (where feasible) will feature solar panels on the exterior to provide renewable energy for the site, in addition to the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

Each new store will also become part of Lidl’s food redistribution programme Feed It Back, which sees surplus food donated to those within local communities that need it the most, via food banks or partner charities

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB said: “We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation. Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.

“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access high quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”

What type of site does Lidl require?

The list of desirable locations for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites who are interested in exploring opportunities with Lidl.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Lidl are big on expansion, with ambitious plans to achieve 1,000 stores by the end of 2023 across Great Britain.

“This means we are looking to acquire sites that meet our standard store format requirements.”

These are the site requirements:

  • Prominent sites in town, district, edge of centre or out of town locations 
  • Ideally main road frontage with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow 
  • Freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities 
  • Unit sizes flexible on design and scale between 14,000 and 26,500 sq ft 
  • 1.5 acre plus stand alone units or up to 4 acres for mixed use scheme developments by Lidl in conjunction with or acting as a developer

If you think you have the right Greater Manchester site for the company, then contact Nick Harvey via phone: 01928 532861 or e-mail:

Full list of Greater Manchester site requirements

There are more than 50 desired site locations on Lidl's list. 

In the Bolton borough, Lidl is looking to build new stores in three locations.

In Oldham, the supermarket giant currently has two locations on its radar.

Manchester is a very sought after location and Lidl is looking more than a dozen sites in and around the city.

Here is the full Greater Manchester list:

  • Bolton East
  • Bolton West
  • Horwich
  • Bury East
  • Whitefield, Bury
  • Oldham, Shaw
  • Oldham East
  • Rochdale South
  • Middleton, Rochdale
  • Salford Quays
  • Altrincham
  • Bramhall
  • Bredbury
  • Broughton
  • Carrington
  • Droylsden
  • Edgeley
  • Gatley
  • Hazel Grove
  • Heald Green
  • Hyde
  • Marple
  • Old Trafford
  • Ordsall
  • Pendlebury
  • Reddish
  • Romiley
  • Sale
  • Sale Moor
  • Stalybridge
  • Stockport Centre
  • Stockport South
  • Swinton
  • Timperley
  • Walkden
  • Urmston/ Flixton
  • Manchester, Ancoats
  • Manchester, Ardwick
  • Manchester, Burnage
  • Manchester City West
  • Manchester, Collyhurst
  • Manchester, Crumpsall
  • Manchester, Deansgate
  • Manchester, Didsbury East
  • Manchester , Didsbury West
  • Manchester, Eastlands
  • Manchester,  Gorton
  • Manchester, Hulme
  • Manchester, Miles Platting
  • Manchester, Victoria
  • Manchester, Whalley Range
  • Manchester, Wythenshawe

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