Lidl wants to open 8 new stores in Glasgow - and is offering a £20k finders fee to public for help with locations

Lidl has announced plans to open 8 new stores in Glasgow - and revealed where they could go.

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The supermarket giant, which is investing £1.3 billion in its expansion across 2021 and 2022, has announced that it is offering a potential £20,000 finder’s fee to members of the public who successfully identify suitable sites for new Lidl stores.

The fee is either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds, which would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5m site purchase.

The news comes as Lidl publishes its annual list of locations across the country where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments.

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The latest list includes 8 Glasgow locations: Baillieston, Cathcart, Crookston, Durmchapel, Ibrox, Merchant City, Springburn and Summerston.

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Richard Taylor, chief development officer, said: “We know that the majority of Scottish shoppers still love doing their shopping in person and we are as committed as ever to opening new stores and enhancing our existing ones. We’re opening an average of one new store a week, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of keeping that pace going over the last couple of years.

“But there are still communities up and down the country that are telling us how much they want – and need - a Lidl store. We work with some of the best people in the industry to identify new sites, but we also know how engaged our future and existing customers are and we want to build on this.

“Our finder’s fees are, therefore, available to absolutely anyone that can identify a viable option for a new store that we’re not already aware of, and we welcome any suitable suggestions that will help up us to meet our ambitious target of 1,100 stores by the end of 2025.”

Members of the public who know of potential sites are encouraged to check details against Lidl’s site requirements and contact the supermarket’s property team with further details. More information can be found at www.lidl.co.uk/about-us/property.