THERE soon could be a rival to Knutsford's hugely popular Aldi due to plans by Lidl to double the number of UK stores it has.

Lidl has released a list of places where it wants to build new stores – and one of them is Knutsford.

The supermarket chain says it wants to 'continue our phenomenal growth' and 'double our portfolio', which currently boasts more than 800 sites across the UK.

It has outlined the type of sites it is interested in developing and urged people to contact them regarding any possible leasehold deals that might be available.

Lidl is interested in building new, standalone stores, as well as converting existing buildings and developing sites on retail parks.

Specific locations have not been narrowed down.

The specifications for its sites are:

  • Prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow
  • Freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities
  • Unit sizes flexible on design and scale between 14,000 and 26,500 sq ft
  • 1.5 acres plus for standalone stores or up to four acres for mixed-use schemes