// Lidl confirms plans to open its first pub in one of its supermarkets
// Lidl requested planning permission for the pub at the Dundonald store, near Belfast in Northern Ireland
// Lidl plans to run the pub beside the store but it will have a separate entrance
Lidl has revealed plans to open its first on-premises pub after it submitted planning permission for one of its stores in Northern Ireland.
The German discount grocer confirmed that it wants to run the pub beside the Dundonald store, near Belfast, but it will have a separate entrance and its own shop front.
The planning application, submitted to to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, features seating, a bar area and separate toilets as well as an off-licence area for customers to buy alcohol to take home.
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There are no details on what types of drinks the pub will sell, nor any indication on pricing.
The proposed pub comes after Lidl opened its Dundonald site with a new £7 million concept store in November.
The store marked Lidl’s return to the area, replacing an older building that it last occupied in 2012.
“Lidl can confirm it has lodged an application to open a licensed premises within our Dundonald store,” a Lidl spokesperson said.
“This will offer shoppers an off licence service along with a public house.
“As the fastest growing retailer in Northern Ireland we believe Dundonald shoppers should have the opportunity to access the same great value assortment currently enjoyed by thousands of shoppers in 37 other Lidl stores in Northern Ireland.”