A MAJOR supermarket is on the hunt for six new sites in Southampton as it continues a huge national expansion scheme.

There are already five Lidl stores in the city, but the retailing giant has identified where it would like to build more.

It has also stated its requirements.

The company is looking for freehold, leasehold or long leasehold opportunities, and unit sizes must be between 18,000 and 26,500sq ft with 100 or more dedicated parking spaces.

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Standalone stores require 1.5 acres or more, and Lidl hopes for locations in city/town centres, edge of centres, or in retail parks.

The areas of Southampton it desires are Bassett, Bitterne, Netley Abbey, Portswood, Stoneham and Townhill.

Its site requirements brochure says: “We’re looking for great quality locations for our new stores, to help us continue our phenomenal growth.

“Lidl are big on expansion, with ambitious plans to achieve 1,100 stores by the end of 2025 across Great Britain.

“This means we are looking to acquire sites that meet our standard store format requirements.

“Prominent locations with easy access and strong pedestrian or traffic flow.”

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