NEW LIDL STORE SET TO OPEN IN GRAYS, WEST THURROCK
LIDL GB has confirmed that its new supermarket on Lakeside Retail Park, in Grays West Thurrock, will open its doors for the first time on Thursday 8th October at 8am.
The store opening times will be between 8am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, delivering Lidl’s offering of fresh, quality and great value produce. During the first week of opening customers will be able to find exclusive deals and offers on selected products including a Silvercrest Stand Mixer (£19.99), a Vileda VR One Cleaning Robot (£49.99) and a Toshiba 43″ Full HD Smart TV (£129.00).
The new store will also be providing surplus food and customer donations to Dartford Foodbank, who distribute surplus food to support those in need in the local community, and Genesis Christian Life Fellowship, who use the donated food to help families in the area meet their basic needs. 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, putting quality food surplus to good use every day.
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Andrew Hodgkinson, commented: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Grays. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”
The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans across Great Britain and has created around 40 new jobs for the local community. The store has a 1,245m² sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.
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 both 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 customer 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.