Belfast Telegraph

Lidl continues to expand as new Lisburn store opens

By Margaret Canning

The march of discount retailer Lidl continues in Northern Ireland as the firm opened up a store in Lisburn.

The Bentrim Road store features grocery and non-food lines at the German firm's signature low prices.

A bakery will produce artisan breads from morning until night, the company said.

Lisburn is Lidl's 37th store in Northern Ireland – and another in Belfast's High Street opens soon. Barry McConville, store manager for the new Lisburn outlet said: "I am really looking forward to welcoming all of the Lisburn residents to our new store. We have some fantastic items on special offer over the next few days."

The store was opened by Lisburn Mayor Andrew Ewing and former rugby international Stephen Ferris.

Lidl stores in Northern Ireland stock products from over 35 Northern Ireland suppliers, including Linden Foods, Moy Park and Dunbia. Produce from suppliers on this side of the border are also sold in its 141 stores in the Republic.

The company said that just under half of all grocery sales in Lidl's stores across Ireland were of products sourced from Irish and Northern Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. The business has been increasing its market share in the UK and Republic.

According to Kantar Worldpanel's figures on the sector in the 12 weeks to August 13, Lidl held a market share of 3.6%. Rival Aldi, which also originated in Germany and has no presence in Northern Ireland, has a Great Britain market share of 4.8%.

Over 50% of all households shopped at either outlet.

Belfast Telegraph