After nearly twenty weeks of construction, today the new Ballymoney Lidl store was officially opened.
Invited to open the new look store was the Principle of Ballymoney High School Mr Johnny Bingham, along side head boy & girl, Sam Reid and Holli Dobbin – to an awaiting crowd eager to get a first look inside.
This new 1420 sq foot store on Meeting House Street, with 150 onsite car parking spaces and 9 new in-store jobs, it cost an estimated £6m investment in the new build.
Richard Mailey is the store manager, speaking shortly after the opening he said:
“ Our relocation across the road from our old store ensures that we remain prominent in the Ballymoney area, providing exceptional price & value for our customers and the new store is even more accessible for our customers.. We’ve also created nine new jobs.”
It took at total of 19 weeks to transform the former ‘Taggarts Yard’. Speaking about the transformation, Richard went on:
“The construction has been a very good job from our property department, a state of the art building with a range of sustainability features, including electric charginf points for our customers and staff vehicles.”
Lidl is committed to being more ‘environmentally friendly’, and this new ‘green’ store is no exception, but its took a lot of hard as Richard concluded:
“We received the keys from our property department last Thursday evening, so from Friday up until yesterday evening, we had the staff working round the clock to ensure the store was ready for the opening this morning.”
Lidl’s commitment to being at the heart of the community and their support of local charity was also reflected at the opening this morning, with Tim Cook of the Salvation Army receiving a cheque for £1,000 from the company.
The new larger store boast a greater variety of products across all their departments including a larger area devoted to fresh and frozen foods. One of their biggest additions is the instore bakery range, made fresh daily.
Now that the new store is open, this will leave their old building just yards across the road, the future of which is not known yet.