Leading property development and investment group Strawsons Property has announced that global supermarket chain Lidl, has secured a major unit at the highly anticipated Northern Tower Retail Park in Retford.
Committing to a long term lease, the move will see the popular grocery chain, which first opened its doors in Britain in 1994 and boasts more than 760 stores across England, Scotland and Wales, occupy around 21,000 sq ft on Retford’s new shopping destination.
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, the Northern Tower development will enhance the retail choice and shopping experience available in the local area, generating over 100 jobs, and delivering 60,000 sq ft of retail space.
Commenting on the deal, Adam Jones of Strawsons Property said Lidl’s decision to invest in the project had been fuelled by the ‘strength of the Retail Park’s location, surroundings and support from the local community’.
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Graham Burr commented: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Retford, which marks another milestone in our ambitious store expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to offering our quality products and incredible value to shoppers in and around Retford very soon.” Building work on Northern Tower, which is prominently located on London Road and will consist of up to nine units, will start shortly after the approval of the reserved matters application which has been submitted to Bassetlaw District Council in the last few days.
Adam Jones of Strawsons Property, went on to say: “We are pleased to announce Lidl as the first tenant at The Northern Tower Retail Park. The park is the final stage of a major regeneration project in our home town of Retford and we are extremely proud to see the project attract such well-known names.
“This project has safeguarded and created many hundreds of jobs and will have turned what was once a dilapidated Victorian site into a vibrant part of the local community.
“We were delighted to complete the new HQ and manufacturing facilities for Icon Aerospace as we recognised the importance of safeguarding the presence of one of the biggest employers in the town, and we will be equally delighted to enhance the retail selection and shopping experience available to the residents.
“With building soon to re-commence, we look forward to concluding a project that we hope will be an important part of the town for many years to come.”
Paul White from Brown & Co, the agent appointed to oversee the lease of the units, said: “In addition to Lidl the Northern Tower Retail Park has already attracted a high level of interest from many of the UK’s leading retailers in the grocery, home and DIY sectors.
“It’s evident that this development will form an integral and much valued part of the town and local community.”
Strawsons Property is a private property development and investment group with more than 50 years’ experience. The company focuses on developments and schemes that meet local needs and aspirations - spanning office, residential, industrial and mixed-use sectors.