A FORMER Southampton supermarket has gone on sale for £2m after being replaced by a new store nearby.

A buyer is being sought for the old Lidl store in Shirley Road, Shirley.

The 14, 235 sq ft property is advertised as being in a prominent position next to a McDonald's and a Volkswagen dealership, and suitable for redevelopment.

The brochure says: "The property comprises a single-storey retail store with a large glazed shop front and a recessed loading bay with dock loading door.

"Internally the property provides a large, regular shaped open plan retail sales area with ancillary warehousing and staffing area to the rear.

"The site extends to 0.98 acres, with surface parking provided on site for 72 cars.

"The premises are presumed to have full E(a) retail planning consent. There is potential for the existing building to be used for other uses.

"Shirley is a popular shopping district approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Southampton city centre.

"The property is situated just off Shirley Road, where many national and local retailers are located. Adjacent and nearby occupiers include Lidl, McDonald's, Tesco Express and Peter Cooper Volkswagen."

The brochure says the property is also available to let.

A new Lidl store opened at the junction of Shirley High Street and Villiers Road in February last year.

The supermarket forms part of the Lidl’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK that will see it open as many as 50 new stores a year.

Plans for the new Shirley branch were given the go-ahead by Southampton City Council in July 2019.

Four months earlier, city planning bosses rejected previous proposals over fears the building would have a negative impact on neighbouring residents.

But Lidl submitted new plans that included moving the store away from Mayflower Road – a key reason the earlier application was rejected.

The site was previously the home to Shirley police station, which was sold in 2014 as part of a county-wide bid by Hampshire Constabulary to save £50m.

The former supermarket is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton. Call 023 8220 0077 for more details.