Supermarket chain to open big new store in Hove

Posted On 16 Mar 2020 at 12:19 pm

A leading supermarket chain plans to open a big new store in Hove in premises previously occupied by Toys R Us.

Toys R Us in Hove closed in April 2018

Lidl, which already has a store in Arundel Road, Brighton, has applied for planning permission to make changes to the premises at the Goldstone Retail Park, in Old Shoreham Road, Hove.

The move is expected to create up to 40 jobs as Britain’s fastest-growing supermarket operator prepares to offer a low-cost alternative to the nearby Waitrose in Nevill Road.

The Toys R Us shop has been empty since the company went bust and closed its Hove branch two years ago.

Lidl has applied to Brighton and Hove City Council for planning permission to change the shop front and provide trolley storage, disabled parking bays and covered cycle parking.

It also some of the parking spaces to be parent and child bays and, overall, the changes will reduce the total number of parking spaces from 302 to 286.

The company wants to put in plant and machinery that would, among other things, enable food to be stored at the right temperature.

The retailer also wants planning permission to sell food and drink, something which is not allowed under the current conditions governing the property.

Last month Lidl opened its 800th store in Britain, with the discount chain aiming to have 1,000 branches by the end of 2023.

The company, which opened its first British store in 1994, said that it had opened 50 stores over the past year, creating more than 2,500 jobs in the process.

Sixteen branches opened in January and February alone as part of what Lidl said was an investment worth £1.3 billion.

The Hove premises currently has almost 3,000 square metres of floor space or nearly 32,000 sq ft. This includes a 532sqm mezzanine floor which the company wants to remove.

Lidl plans to use 1,727sqm (almost 18,600 sq ft) for shopping and the rest for supporting functions including a warehouse and offices.

The Brighton branch of Lidl in Arundel Road – Picture by Simon Carey / Geograph

This is bigger than the Brighton branch which has almost 1,500sqm (15,800 sq ft) of floor space in total.

Lidl’s closest rival, Aldi, has branches in Lewes Road and London Road, in Brighton, and Carlton Terrace, Portslade.

  1. saveHOVE Reply

    Likely impact on use of Hove Park by customers needs consideration. Danger of litter from packaging such as one sees all over the front lawn of the Royal Pavilion is a risk as people park at Lidl, then use the park to eat, drink & litter its lawns

    • Kate short for Bob Reply

      There’s already Burger King and Nandos to litter the park. There’s nothing to stop people taking a picnic there. People do their weekly shop at Lidl rather than picnic shop.

  2. Miles dyke road Reply

    Lidl. Burger King. 800 flats being built. This area is going to be grim….poor residents

  3. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    That stretch of sheds is a blight upon Hove Park.

  4. Baz Reply

    the house prices will fall off a cliff around this area…

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