Belfast Telegraph

Discount retailer Lidl in new store opening

German supermarket chain Lidl has opened a new store in Co Antrim as the trend for discount supermarket shopping continues in Northern Ireland.

Lidl on Belfast Road in Carrickfergus opened its doors yesterday. The store includes a bakery, which the company said would produce artisan breads all day.

The company shut a nearby Lidl in Glengormley on Tuesday. A spokesman for Lidl said: "This decision was based on a strategic review of Lidl's locations across the Greater Belfast area.

"Lidl is extremely grateful for the local support received over the past 11 years from the Glengormley community but is confident that current customers of the Glengormley store will be well served by nearby Lidl stores in Newtownabbey, Shore Road - where significant investment is planned - Ballyclare and the new Carrickfergus store."

Lidl said all Glengormley store staff were being transferred to neighbouring stores.

The chain opened its first Northern Ireland store in Cookstown, Co Tyrone in 1999. There are now 35 stores in the province employing 470 people.

Lidl's market share of the UK grocery sector is 2.4%, compared to Tesco's 30.8% share.