A town has bagged itself a new supermarket and 40 more jobs with the launch of its Lidl store.
The store, built on the site of the former Co-op in Houghton town centre, began to welcome shoppers for the first time today.
Sunderland’s mayor, Coun Alan Emerson, cut a ribbon as he helped launch the new business, which is part of the German company’s expansion plans to take its number of shops from 630 across the UK to 1,500.
The store boasts an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, customer toilets, baby changing facilities and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
Lidl UK’s regional head of property, David Murphy, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Houghton.
“It is fantastic that we are able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”
I am delighted to welcome a new supermarket, and a new investment in our community, to Houghton.Mayor of Sunderland Alan Emerson
Coun Emerson added: “I am delighted to welcome a new supermarket, and a new investment in our community, to Houghton.
“This helps further demonstrate the business and retail sector’s confidence in Sunderland’s capacity for continued economic growth.
“Lidl’s growing reputation and popularity will make their new store a welcome addition to the retail offer in the town and offer shoppers in the town.
“The opening event is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in supporting this exciting new development and I wish this new store the best of luck.”
The fully glass-fronted façade maximises natural daylight entering the building.
The electrical lighting system is made up entirely of LED fittings which, and the company says that compared with a traditional lighting system, they are over 50% more energy efficient.