Norfolk: where new supermarkets will be built in the county

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.

The former Topshop store in Norwich which is set to become a Morrisons.

The former Topshop store in Norwich which is set to become a Morrisons.
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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.

The new Lidl supermarket in Sprowston Credit: Louisa Baldwin

A new Lidl at Downhma Market has been approved despite objections
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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.

Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi on Longwater Business Park, off William Frost Way in Costessey.

A CGI impression of what the new Aldi supermarket on Longwater Business Park, off William Frost Way in Costessey, would look like if approved by South Norfolk Council.
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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.

The land planned for 45 housing units and a new Lidl in Watton

Plans for a new Lidl in Watton have been approved, despite Tesco refusing
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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.

Police are investigating reports that items worth an estimated £2,800 were stolen from Stevenage Sainsbury's, Hitchin Road

The green light has been given for a new Sainsbury’s store in Bradwell
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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.

Ldl is set to build a new store in Lynn Photo: Mark Bullimore

A new Lidl store could be built in Harleston if the scheme is approved


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.

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