Plans to relocate Kirkcaldy supermarket

An image of what the new store would look like

An image of what the new store would look like

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Kirkcaldy residents are to be asked for their views on proposals to move an Esplanade supermarket just a few hundred yards along the road.

Lidl UK has announced that it will be holding a public consultation day to outline plans to relocate its Kirkcaldy store to the former Stagecoach bus depot at the west end of the Esplanade, with a possible 15 new jobs created.

The public are being invited to attend the event, which will take place between 2 and 7pm on Tuesday (May 24) in the Philp Hall. Members of Lidl’s property team will be on hand to outline the supermarket’s plans for a new store and answer any questions people may have.

The supermarket wants to relocate as part of its ongoing expansion and modernisation plans within the UK.

The multi-million pound investment at the bus depot site, would involve building a sustainable 1407m² store on the 2.5 acre site. The premises would boast state of the art facilities including a bakery, 10 tills and 130 parking spaces.

Gordon Rafferty, Lidl UK’s head of property for Scotland, said: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of relocating our store in Kirkcaldy and serving our fresh, quality and incredibly good value produce which shoppers across the country have come to love. We look forward to welcoming anyone along to the public consultation day and showcasing our plans whilst answering any questions.”

Lidl was crowned Grocer of the Year at the 2015 Grocer Gold Awards, and has continued to grow over the years.

The planned store in Kirkcaldy is one of Lidl’s existing portfolio of 630, and will form part of the company’s plans to see this increase to 1200 stores in the future.

The company hopes to submit a planning application in June and those who wish to give feedback on the plans can do so at www.kirkcaldy.lidl.co.uk.