Much loved Bristol Lidl store to close its doors for good next month

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The store opened 26 years ago and it’s the biggest supermarket in the area

One of Bristol’s oldest and most popular Lidl stores is closing its doors next month.

The store on Hanham High Street opened 26 years ago and is the main supermarket for residents apart from a small branch of Co-op at the other end of the street.

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The surprise closure comes at a time when there is a planning application for around 200 homes on the old Kleeneze factory site nearby.

It’s the latest blow for Hanham High Street after the Wetherspoon pub The Jolly Sailor was put up for sale. The pub went on the market in 2022 and BristolWorld understands it is currently ‘under offer’ although it hasn't been confirmed whether it will remain as a pub.

In 2021, it was reported that the old NatWest bank next to Lidl on Hanham High Street was going to be knocked down for the supermarket to expand but that never happened.

A Lidl spokesperson told BristolWorld: “Over the last few years, we have opened a brand-new store in Longwell Green and expanded our Lawrence Hill store, providing households in the area with an enhanced shopping experience. 

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“Plans were also explored to extend our Hanham store, however the site is unfortunately not able to accommodate our full requirements. Whilst it’s proposed our Hanham store, which is 26 years old, will be closing from Friday March 1, we hope to continue welcoming customers to one of our other nearby stores.”

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