Richmond’s new Lidl opened its doors to the public this morning.
A crowd of shoppers waited outside for local children Joshua and Summer Jessop to do the honours by cutting the ribbon.
Joshua, 9, from Richmond, has a terminal muscle wasting condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and his family are trying to make as many magical moments for him as possible with a store opening one of many things on the list.
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Lidl took over the former Co-operative supermarket site in Queen’s Road.
The Co-op closed in 2016 and work started in August last year to convert the existing building.
The conversion is a departure by the German supermarket chain from its usual policy operating from new build stores.
The Richmond store is the company’s 701st UK shop.
Store manager Dan Smith said the builders only finished a week ago and it had been a busy week stocking the shop and training the 28 staff, the majority of whom are from the Richmond and Catterick area.
“I want to say thank you to the community in Richmond for welcoming Lidl to the area.
“We are very proud of the new store and we hope people come and enjoy it. We want the store to be a part of the community.”