09:00 23 October 2022
12:32 PM October 23, 2022
A number of large supermarkets have announced plans for new stores in Norfolk, some of which are already under construction.
Here’s a look at where and when new stores will open in the county.
Morrison – Norwich
Work is currently underway to convert the former Top Shop town center site into a Morrisons supermarket.
Located in the Haymarket, the new store will be the third in the Norwich area for the chain, alongside stores in Riverside and Catton
The flagship store will be equipped with deli counters to encourage lunchtime shoppers.
It hopes to be ready to open early next year.
Lidl – Downham Market
Plans to open a new Lidl store at the A10 roundabout in Bexwell, on the outskirts of Downham Market, have finally been approved after a hectic application process.
Councilors have been told to reject the budget supermarket chain’s plans, arguing it will negatively affect the town center and surrounding countryside.
However, it was finally approved in May this year, with the company saying it will create 40 new jobs in the city.
Work began in September to build a new Aldi supermarket at Longwater Business Park off William Frost Way near the A47.
The green light was given in November last year for the German retailer and it is expected to open by fall 2023.
A new level crossing will also be installed on the road, which was necessary for planning permission to be granted.
Lidl – Watton
Plans for a new Lidl in Watton sparked a supermarket battle as rival Tesco tried to block the move.
Tesco ultimately failed and plans were approved in March 2022 to build a new store as part of a development off Watton’s Norwich Road which also includes 45 new homes.
An earlier clearance, given in August 2021, was overturned by the High Court, after Tesco argued it was unlawful.
Planners have given the go-ahead for a new Sainsbury’s store and ‘local centre’ in a housing estate in Bradwell.
The new store will take six to 12 months to build and serve residents of the 850-home Bluebell Meadow estate being built by Persimmon Homes in Bradwell, near Great Yarmouth.
Another Lidl store in the county could be built after a scheme for a store on the Norfolk-Suffolk border is approved.
The discount giant wants to open a retail outlet on land east of Mendham Lane in Harleston, near Diss.
A consultation program will now be organized to decide what the outcome will be.