Lidl's new store in Glossop has opened its doors to shoppers for the first time.
It's been years in the making but the German discount supermarket chain's store in the Howard Town Retail Park finally opened on Thursday (25 February).
The store off Mill Street - with a sales area of 1,256m2 - has an in-store bakery, customer toilets and parking for both cars and bicycles - including disabled spaces, parent and child spaces, and electric vehicle charging spaces.
The store's opening hours are 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
High Peak Borough Council has long since given the go-ahead for a site comprising homes and the supermarket. Many of the homes have already been built and occupied, adjacent to where the supermarket will be situated.
In a boost for the local economy, the store has created up to 40 new jobs.
High Peak MP Robert Largan (pictured below) was among the first shoppers through the doors on the morning of the grand opening.
He said: "It was good to pop down to the opening this morning and pick up a few bits, from what is now my nearest supermarket.
"The store has created up to 40 local jobs and the expanded car park is very welcome, including an electric car charging point. Hopefully, this is a boost for our town centre!"
The finishing touches at the site in preparation for the store's opening.
The new supermarket will also be linked to Lidl's Feed it Back initiative, with all surplus food and customer donations given to good causes and local projects including charities and foodbanks, as well as community cafes and kitchens.
On a big day for Lidl, two other stores have also opened for the first time on the same day - in Cheetham Hill Retail Park in Central Manchester and on Manchester Road in Bolton.
It's part of the company's £1.3 billion investment plans across the UK in 2021 and 2022.
Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Nick Harvey, commented: “It is fantastic that at this time we are able to continue our investment in Greater Manchester and enable even more of the local community access to our high quality and affordable produce.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part in delivering these stores. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs for these areas, and support so many fantastic charities at this time.”
As per government guidance, the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets is mandatory across England - except for people who are medically exempt.
Lidl say a number of Covid-19 guidelines are in operation at the Glossop store to "help maintain a safe environment for both colleagues and customers".
These include dedicated cleaning stations at the entrance, hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray and wipes for customers to use on their trolleys and baskets, protective screens at checkouts, as well as visors and face coverings which will be available for staff to wear.
In addition, customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment where possible.