Lidl has announced the opening date of its new Gloucester store.
The supermarket giant confirmed that its new branch on Newhaven Road, in Kingsway, will open its doors for the first time on Thursday, November 26.
The store opening times will be between 8am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.
The new supermarket is part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans across Great Britain and will create up to 40 new jobs.
The store has a 1,325m² sales area and features an in-store bakery, a customer toilet, electric vehicle rapid charging spaces and parking for both cars and bicycles.
What hygiene measures are in place?
As per government guidance, the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets is now mandatory across England.
Lidl is also operating a range of social distancing measures to help maintain a safe store environment for colleagues and customers.
These include clear communication across the store, including floor markings, reminding customers of the importance of maintaining a two-metre distance from each other when shopping, along with regular tannoy announcements.
Dedicated cleaning stations are also in place at store entrances, including hand sanitiser, disinfectant and wipes, for customers to use on their trolleys and baskets.
Additionally, the supermarket has installed protective screens at checkouts and protective visors and masks have been made available for colleagues to wear in accordance with government guidance and is continuing to encourage customers to pay by contactless payment methods where possible.
The new store will also be providing surplus food and customer donations to a number of charities in Gloucester.
Food donations will be supplied to Community of Rooftop Housing and James Hopkins Trust, both of which aim to ensure vulnerable people in the local community have full access to good nutritional foods.
This is delivered through Lidl’s Feed it Back scheme, which is run in partnership with Neighbourly and connects Lidl stores up and down the country with local charities, foodbanks, community cafes and kitchens, put-ting quality food surplus to good use every day.
Lidl GB’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Gloucester.
“It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we are proud to serve the local community at this time.”