First look inside new Lidl store at Peterlee as the supermarket welcomes its first shoppers

Lidl has launched its new store in Peterlee, welcoming shoppers to a bigger and brighter supermarket.

The Essington Way store replaces and existing store in the same town centre road, joining KFC, Starbucks and Poundstretcher as a neighbour, adding 20 new roles to its staff as they join its retained workforce.

It will be open from 8am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday and then from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

It has an in-store bakery, customer toilet and parking for both cars and bikes.

The new Lidl store in Essington Way, Peterlee, is now open.

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Company bosses say the new store will be providing surplus food and customer donations to a number of charities in the area through its Feed it Back scheme.

Run in partnership with Neighbourly, it connects Lidl stores up and down the country with funds, foodbanks, community cafes and kitchens, putting quality food surplus to good use every day.

Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, said: “We are proud to have served the community in Peterlee for nearly 25 years and it is fantastic that we are able to open the doors of our new and improved store to deliver an expanded range of our high quality and affordable produce whilst also providing an even greater shopping experience.

The store has a large fruit and vegetable section.

“We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing our new store to Peterlee.

"It is great for us to be able to create more jobs, and we look forward to continuing to serve the local area at this time.”

As per government guidance, the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets is now mandatory across England.

The store replaces an existing shop in the same road.

Lidl is operating a range of social distancing measures to help maintain a safe environment for both colleagues and customers.

Clear communication, including floor markings continue to be implemented across stores, reminding customers of the importance of maintaining a two metre distance.

Other measures that continue to be in place include dedicated cleaning stations at entrances, hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray and wipes for customers to use on their trolleys and baskets, protective screens at checkouts, as well as visors and face coverings are available for colleagues to wear.

Customers of Lidl have been asked to use contactless payment due to the pandemic.

In addition, customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment where possible.

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The shop has its own in-store bakery.