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Lidl expansion backed

John O'Groat Journal

A proposed £1 million extension to the Lidl supermarket store in Thurso has been given the go-ahead by Highland Council.

The decision, which is expected to create extra jobs at the store, was yesterday welcomed by Caithness Chamber of Commerce chief executive Trudy Morris: "This is great new and, hopefully, will lead to extra jobs at the store. Any investment coming into the area is good and particularly when it is by a large organisation like Lidl," she said.

Work on the extension is expected to get under way in the late summer and result in the supermarket being closed to the public for six weeks. The expansion will provide an additional sales area of over 300 square metres and involve the entire store being refurbished.

Once complete, the supermarket will include an in-store bakery and customer toilets. The company also wants to increase the size of its car park from 100 to 133 spaces.

Jobs will be created during the construction work while staff numbers are likely to increase once the extension is complete.

It is understood the expansion involves the acquisition of adjacent land.

Lidl has plans to upgrade the Wick store as well. It is likely to involve "a significant investment" to refurbish and extend the existing building.

The store will be closed also when the work is being carried out.

Lidl opened its Thurso supermarket in August 2000.