May 2020

SMR Architects are pleased to see our latest Lidl store opening occurred on 12/03/20, in Chichester. The sales area of this replacement supermarket has increased in size to 1,325m², with associated facilities including a bakery, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles. The store is replacing an existing branch at Portfield Way. The new supermarket forms part of Lidl’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans which will see it open more than 50 stores a year. The two-acre site off Westhampnett Road is owned by Chichester District Council and has been developed in conjunction with Brookhouse Group Limited, whom appointed SMR Architecture as part of the site wider master-plan development. The opening of the store marks the latest phase of the wider retail masterplan and includes ample areas of public open green space to the front of the store, a new outdoor WWII exhibit, and valuable pedestrian links through the site.

Lidl GB’s regional head of property, James Mitchell, said: “We are delighted to have opened the doors to the new Lidl store in Chichester today. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area… We would like to thank all those who have played a part in improving our Lidl store in Chichester.”

In a statement last year, the district council said: “The development also brings this unused land back into use and will help generate vital income for Chichester District Council.”