|Big Queues Form for Lidl's Putney Opening|
Store on the High Street proves popular on the first day
Long queues stretched along Putney High Street this Thursday morning (25 February) as shoppers showed enthusiasm for the new Lidl store which was having its first day of trading. Although the queues will have been extended by the need to limit people entering the store at any one time, they suggested the new supermarket is likely to be popular.
Opening hours are 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
It is one of three stores opened by the supermarket group on the same day with Richmond and Tooting also being launched. The Tooting store replaces an existing supermarket and the Richmond store will have a primary school above it.
The Putney store started construction work at the site last February just as the pandemic hit and were originally hoping to open last autumn.
The new store is at the former Halfords and Superdrug premises at number 66 has a 574m² sales area and features facilities including an in-store bakery and parking.
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Henry Neel, commented, “These exciting new store openings demonstrate we’re embracing the wide range of locations that London has to offer to deliver our fresh, quality and great value produce to even more local communities. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs for these areas, and support so many fantastic charities at this time.”
Surplus food and customer donations from the new stores will also benefit a number of local charities who work to redistribute them to some of the most vulnerable in our communities. This includes Richmond Advice and Information on Disability, The Islamic Culture and Education Centre Battersea and Ronald McDonald House Tooting. This is delivered through Lidl’s Feed it Back scheme, which is run alongside its charity partner, Neighbourly.
As per government guidance, the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets is mandatory in all the stores. Customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment where possible.
The new supermarkets form part of the company’s £1.45bn investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2019 and 2020.
February 25, 2021