CONFIRMED: When will Lidl open in North End?

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THE opening date of North End's new Lidl has been confirmed.

Shoppers will be able to access the new store in London Road for the first time on November 30.

The date has been revealed for the opening of the new Lidl in London Road

The date has been revealed for the opening of the new Lidl in London Road

Councillor Ken Ellcome, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, will be in attendance to cut the ribbon from 8am.

The new store has created 40 jobs and boasts state-of-the art facilities including an in-store bakery, longer-style tills, self checkouts, customer toilets, baby changing and parking for both cars and bicycles.

It will open on the site previously used by the Co-op by the junction to Derby Road which has been empty for nearly two years.

Lidl's arrival has been seen as a welcome boost to North End after it was hit in recent years by a series of shop closures.

Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP, called for more to be done to save the area's shopping scene in 2015 following the decision from McDonald's and HSBC to leave the area.

James Mitchell, the supermarket giant's UK regional head of property said: 'We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Portsmouth.

'It is great to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area and we cannot wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.'

The store opening was part of the Lidl's UK expansion plan to open between 50 to 60 new stores across the country each year.