A NEW budget supermarket is set to officially open its doors to the public in Bournemouth next week.

Lidl has announced that its latest store in Holdenhurst Road will start trading on Thursday, February 27, with the creation of up to 40 new jobs.

The chain is planning to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8am, with samples of some of the company’s products due to be on offer, as well as special deals and offers on selected products for the first week of opening.

The new store increases Lidl’s presence across the borough to four sites, with established shops in Boscombe’s Sovereign Centre, Winton and the Richmond Gardens shopping centre in town centre.

James Mitchell, Lidl GB’s regional head of property, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Bournemouth.

“It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

It is located just 200m away from Asda in St Paul’s Road and around 600m from Aldi further along Holdenhurst Road.

The additional supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans across the United Kingdom.

The store has a 1139m² sales area and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets, baby changing and parking for both cars and bicycles.

Offers for customers in the opening week of trading include a VR one cleaning robot (£39.99, RRP £79.99), an E-Scooter (£99, RRP £179) and a stand mixer (£24.99, RRP £39.99).

The firm successfully managed to remove a planning condition that had banned the operator of the unit, which was previously occupied by Office Outlet, from selling or storing food.

This restriction had been been in place since 1995 and was overturned through a planning application made by the company last year, with the decision coming from BCP Council in September.

As previously reported, Lidl is in the process of acquiring sites across the region relocate existing stores or open new shops. The German chain is hoping to add a presence in Kinson, while also creating stores in Poole, Swanage, Wimborne and Lymington.