Lidl could soon open a supermarket in Cambridge opposite a new Aldi
It would be in the same area as a Tesco, Asda and the Aldi that is set to replace Wickes.
Lidl, the discount supermarket chain, is set to open in Newmarket Road.
As part of the proposals, Lidl would take over 1,850sq m of the current 5,481sq m Homebase unit in Cambridge Retail Park. The DIY chain would downsize and each business would have its own entrance.
It would be just over the road from an Aldi store that is planned to take over from the Wickes DIY store on Newmarket Road.
There are hopes the two German supermarkets will help drive down food prices.
Councillor Richard Johnson (Lab), who represents Abbey ward said: “Lidl is known for its low prices. People could be inclined to shop at a store with cheaper prices.”
However, Cllr Johnson said he was concerned the Newmarket Road area could reach supermarket saturation point.
“While it’s good that these low-cost shopping outlets want to open and want to give more choice to people, it could lead to a saturation point where people may be not inclined to shop in these locations,” he said. “How successful these ventures will be is open to question.”
A spokesman for Lidl said: “We are pleased to confirm that we have identified a suitable site for a new Lidl store on Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Road, which would create up to 40 new jobs for the local area.
“We look forward to sharing any firm plans with the community, as soon as we’re in a position to do so.”
Lidl has ambitions to open another three stores in Cambridge. Aldi already has a city store – in Histon Road – and expects its new branch to open later this year, creating 50 jobs.