Plans to build a new supermarket and drive thru coffee shop in the heart of Wrexham town centre have been submitted.
The plans for the current police station site on Bodhyfryd have been put forward on behalf of Lidl, who say that if planning permission is granted the new “retail store will increase the retail offering and increase the local economy.”
In May 2018 Wrexham.com reported that the company had purchased the current police station site and had plans to build a new supermarket.
At the time Lidl said the store represents a multi-million pound investment in the local area with Lidl proposing to build a ‘sustainable store with 1,325m² sales area’.
In 2016 Wrexham.com reported that planning permission had been put forward to demolish the current police station tower – with officers and staff set to relocate to a divisional headquarters on the Llay Industrial Estate.
A smaller town centre base will be located in the former Oriel Gallery in the Library.
If the plans are approved it will be the third Lidl supermarket in Wrexham and the third in the Bodhyfryd vicinity – with Asda and Tesco located nearby.
Now plans submitted to Wrexham Council by Lidl show that 151 parking spaces would be provided on the site and split between the supermarket and the drive-thru coffee shop – with the access to the site provided by the current police station entrance on at the Asda Roundabout / Bodhyfryd.
The supermarket itself will be located to the southwest of the site and is expected to be open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturdays and for a six-hour period between 10am and 5pm on Sundays.
It is estimated that the supermarket will require “between 25-40 employees depending on full and part-time make up to operate efficiently”.
With regards to the drive-thru coffee shop, which will be on the south east of the site, the planning documents state that: “This element of the proposal is speculative in nature and does not have an associated operator at this stage, with it being the applicant’s intention to dispose of the site to an operator should this planning application be approved.”
A further 20 jobs are expected to be created via the drive-thru coffee shop.
Within the application documents Lidl state that the site is regarded as “ideally suited to meet its requirement for a new discount store to better serve the local community.”
It adds: “Given Lidl’s commitment to invest in Wrexham the proposed development will, if consented, be constructed at the earliest opportunity and will therefore increase the local community’s retail offering.
“This current proposal will provide a new discount store to the local residents. This should also be welcomed as representing a further improvement in the towns retail offer – to the benefit of consumers.”
The application will be considered by planning committee members at a later date.