LIDL has opened a new Dorset supermarket today after months of construction. 

The German budget supermarket has reopened its Ferndown shop in Ringwood Road after it was closed for a rebuild. 

Demolition of the dated building began earlier this year after bosses decided it “could not provide the quality of shopping environment that customers now expect”. 

But now it has been rebuilt in the modern style of other Lidl supermarkets across the country, featuring solar panels and a larger new workforce. 

Lidl said 20 people have been employed in the new shop and that they are the “highest” paid in the supermarket sector. 

There are also more car parking spaces.

Lidl GB’s regional head of property, James Mitchell, said: “As our customer base continues to grow, we can’t wait to reopen our Ferndown store following a major revamp. 

“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we have carried out these improvement works and look forward to welcoming customers – old and new – through the doors. 

“As people continue to tighten their belts, we’re in the best possible position to help shoppers make sizable savings.” 

The store’s opening hours will be 7am to 10pm on Monday to Saturday and from 9.30am for browsing on Sunday, with tills open 10am to 4pm.