LIDL has announced major plans to replace their existing Omagh store with a brand new £2.6 development.
The grocery chain giant, located on James Street in Omagh, has submitted extensive plans to replace the existing store with a brand new and bigger store on the existing site.
The major development will involve the demolition of the existing store to build a new modern store with bigger shopping space for customers, a warehouse area and improved employee welfare facilities.
The addition of a new car park and appropriate ground work will also be carried out in the project.
It is believed that the £2.6m investment will create further job opportunities for the people of Omagh and surrounding areas.
Omagh Councillor Barry McElduff has welcomed the “significant development” and said it is a “vote of confidence for the town of Omagh”.
“This is welcome news and hopefully it will lead to a further improvement in the retail offering in Omagh,” said Cllr McElduff.
“The new store will bring a much needed economic boost for the town and any prospect of job creation is always welcome.
“I would like to think the jobs will be good, well-paying posts for local people with plenty of opportunities for employment.
“At this time, people are extremely fearful for the future so this is positive news in an uncertain time.
“A development of this size has to be welcomed as a confidence boost for the town and it will be great for shopping scene.
“I would also encourage Lidl to go the extra mile and ensure that the store is fully accessible for those who have disabilities,” said Cllr McElduff.
The pre-planning application has been submitted by Lidl, and is subject to approval by the relevant bodies.
A spokesman for Lidl confirmed their plans and said, “We can confirm that we have lodged a pre-planning application notice to replace our existing Lidl store in Omagh and rebuild a new state-of-the-art store with larger sales floor and warehouse and improved employee welfare facilities.
“We hope for a positive outcome to our initial application in due course.”