Supermarket giant Lidl is to open its newest North Staffordshire store this week – in the middle of lockdown three.
The new branch – on Hardingswood Road, in Kidsgrove – opens on Thursday, February 25.
It has created around 40 new jobs and will feature an in-store bakery, customer toilets and a car park.
The new store will open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Lidl official Dominic Bryan said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing our new store to Kidsgrove. It is great for us to be able to create more jobs in the area, and we are proud to serve the local community at this time.”
Lidl is allowed to open in lockdown three because supermarkets are classed as ‘essential’ retailers.
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A Lidl spokesman said: “As per Government guidance, the wearing of face coverings in supermarkets is now mandatory across England.
“Lidl is operating a range of social distancing measures to help maintain a safe environment for both colleagues and customers. Clear communication, including floor markings, continue to be implemented across our stores, reminding customers of the importance of maintaining a two-metre distance.
“Other measures include dedicated cleaning stations at entrances, hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray and wipes for customers to use on their trolleys and baskets, and protective screens at checkouts, as well as visors and face coverings for colleagues to wear. In addition, customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment where possible.”