Lidl creates eight jobs at new branch in Junction retail park
Lidl has created eight jobs by opening a new store at Antrim retail complex The Junction.
The building replaces the German retailer's previous supermarket, which was demolished as part of a £23m masterplan to redevelop The Junction.
Lidl described the new branch as one of the most environmentally friendly supermarkets in Northern Ireland.
The company said the store would be powered by green energy, including solar panels.
The supermarket chain also installed two charge points for electric vehicles.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Mayor Paul Michael welcomed the news.
"I'm delighted that Lidl Northern Ireland has chosen to further strengthen its commitment to Antrim," he said.
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"I congratulate the team for what is an outstanding new store at The Junction. I wish everyone the very best success.
"The council has a strong track record of attracting investment and encouraging development, which strengthens local economies, creates jobs and adds value to every citizen."
Branch manager Amy Leathem said the new store was designed with a spacious layout and featured wider aisles and higher ceilings.
"I'm delighted to officially mark today's new start for our team in Antrim and I look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to our new The Junction store," she added.
Lidl has 38 stores in Northern Ireland and employs 800 people.
The company recently won planning permission for a replacement store on the site of a former school in Newcastle, Co Down.