German supermarket chain Lidl has continued its strategy of upgrading its stores across Northern Ireland, with Ballymoney and Limavady the latest towns to see investment in new premises.
The retailer said the move was part of its efforts to future-proof its presence in the two towns.
Ten new jobs have been created in Limavady, which opened on February 27, while the new Ballymoney outlet, which opened on March 12, has created nine new jobs.
Limavady store manager Niall Harrigan said Lidl has maintained a presence in the County Derry town since 2000.
“This investment by Lidl has been welcomed warmly by the community and we have had many excited customers eagerly enquiring about the new building over the past few months, so we are thrilled to finally be opening the doors to our new home.
“On behalf of the team I want to thank our loyal customers for their patience during the construction works.
“We are thrilled to be able to give our loyal customers in Limavady this amazing new shopping experience and look forward to continuing to serve the local community.”
Last year Lidl said it invested £13 million in its Northern Ireland supermarkets.
It currently has 39 stores across Northern Ireland, with a number of new projects in the pipeline.
They include new shops at Holywood Exchange in east Belfast and at Newry’s Buttercrane shopping centre.
There are also plans for new stores in Newtownards, Newcastle, Castlereagh and at High Street Mall in Portadown.
Lidl Northern Ireland has also introduced dedicated shopping mornings for elderly customers across its stores until further notice.
The retailer asks that the public respect this time period to allow more vulnerable customers to pick up the food and supplies they need. The mornings will run from 9am-11am every day and include prioritised queuing and additional assistance.
“Our top priority is to continue to support the towns and communities we serve across the country, while ensuring the health and safety of our team during this challenging time.
“We’re confident in our robust and agile supply chain, and all of our stores are continuing to receive daily deliveries as planned,” said JP Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland.
“However, we have seen stronger customer numbers in recent days and as members of the public, it’s our responsibility to look after the more vulnerable in society in these challenging times.
“We ask that our customers be considerate and responsible when shopping with us and respect this new measure we are introducing to support the elderly, as there is enough stock in our supply chain for everyone.”