Discount supermarket Lidl has unveiled its list of locations for potential new stores in the South – with many locations in Southampton.

It comes as the chain announces plans to open hundreds of new stores across the country, potentially creating thousands of new jobs for people in Hampshire if the plans happen.

This includes potential new store locations across Southampton locations such as Bassett, Bittern, Portswood, Stoneham and Townhill.

Lidl’s wish list of potential new store locations also includes sites in Romsey, Lymington, Fareham, Gosport, Chandler’s Ford and Winchester.

The update follows a year of significant investment in its infrastructure to further strengthen operations, during which Lidl opened its largest global warehouse in Luton.

Lidl has said that new store openings will see Lidl reach thousands of additional households across the country and grow its record high market share further.

The discounter added that it is doubling down on its commitment to making good food accessible to everyone.

Richard Taylor, Lidl GB Chief Development Officer, said: “Having fortified our infrastructure with significant investments like Luton, which is the largest warehouse in the Lidl world, we're proud to have achieved record market share this month.

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“We have also been the fastest growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months in a row.

“With an exceptional store network and our laser focus on operational excellence, we’re welcoming more customers through our doors than ever before, which positions us perfectly for continued expansion.

“We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores but ultimately see no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential.

“This is why we’re continuing to invest in new locations whilst exploring innovative routes to expansion.”

The potential store locations:

  • Chandlers Ford
  • Fareham (relocation)
  • Fareham - North
  • Fareham - Segensworth
  • Gosport - South
  • Lymington
  • Romsey
  • Southampton - Bassett
  • Southampton - Bitterne
  • Southampton - Portswood
  • Southampton - Stoneham
  • Southampton - Townhill (relocation)
  • Swanage
  • Twyford
  • Winchester - Town Centre/Easton Lane
  • Winchester - West Badgers Farm