More than 100 new jobs for Leeds retail site

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More than 100 new jobs are to be created thansk to a major new development in a Leeds suburb.

The former MIAMI building on Aberford Road in Garforth is to be redeveloped into a new supermarket, family pub and retail units after Leeds City Council signed off on the deal.

The multi-million pound scheme will create 40 jobs in the new Lidl store, whilst a further 90 jobs are expected to be created in the family pub and non-food retail units. 

Chris Darley, Planning Director at the Leeds office of national planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP), who acted as agents for Lidl, said: “This development will deliver significant benefits for the local area, including increased choice for food shopping and new job creation. We have engaged closely with the local community on the proposals and it commands overwhelming public support.

“Following a public consultation event held at the start of the year, over two-thirds of those people who attended indicated that they supported the proposals and were particularly welcoming of Lidl into Garforth in order to improve choice and competition.

“We are delighted that Council Members have recognised these benefits in supporting the planning application.”

“The MIAMI building has a history of long term vacancy and under-occupation and this redevelopment will help to make more productive use of the site, whilst also resulting in improvements to the local traffic network, including a new access road into the site.”

Lidl hope to start construction of the new supermarket by the end of the Summer and will soon announce details of whom will operate the public house and retail unit as conversations are currently underway with potential occupants.

As well as the new Lidl foodstore there will be two non-food retail units and a family pub/restaurant as well as around 300 parking spaces.