The German firm, which has
a Scottish base in Deans, Livingston, will demolish the former
Kwiksave premises in Links Road and build its own premises.
A planning application was lodged with
Falkirk Council this week and a decision will have to be made
by the council's regulatory committee before work commences
With Lidl bosses having already had meetings
with planners to iron out snags prior to seeking consent the
planning application should proceed smoothly.
Once consent is obtained, the bulldozers
will move in and rebuilding will commence. It is anticipated
the store could be open before the end of the year.
A spokesman said: "Lidl are delighted
to confirm they have secured the former super market site on
Links Road for the proposed development of a foodstore. This
is an opportune acquisition as it gives Lidl the chance to be
part of the regeneration of Bo'ness.
Lidl are pleased to have the opportunity,
subject to obtaining the necessary consents, to provide Bo'ness
with a spacious, user-friendly shop where quality costs less.
And as Lidl is not a 'one stop' shop, we look forward to trading
alongside the established Bo'ness town centre retailers."
Mary Jane Armstrong, assistant town centre
manager, welcomed the news.
She said: "This is wonderful news for
Bo'ness. I'm really pleased because it will lift some of the gloom
surrounding the town centre at the moment.
"I know trading conditions are tough
with at least one pub and hairdresser's up for sale.
"I knew someone had been showing
an interest in the site but I had no idea that it was another
supermarket chain. I'm delighted with this announcement because
it will also bring a few jobs to the town."
Councillor Beth Eaglesham, who’s
Dean Ward includes the town centre, said: "This application
by Lidl is very welcome and will give residents more choice.
That has to be good news. There is very little against it in
planning terms and consent will depend on the detail of the
A spokeswoman for Falkirk Council said
Lidl had submitted an application for a 1,063 square metre store
with associated car parking at Links Road, which is outwith
the town centre conservation area and the Health and Safety
Executive consultation zone.
"Neighbour notification will be the
next step in the process," said the spokeswoman.