Christchurch Retail Park

Latest, January 2021

At the beginning of the new year, I was surprised to see how much it has changed. The garden centre is completed and in use, and the old Homebase entry is now blocked off. I assume that is where the new Lidl will be when it opens in the summer. The plan is at the bottom of this page.

September 2020

It was reported in the Bournemouth Echo that this new branch of Lidl will be opening next summer. You can read the article by clicking on the link on the left. Here is a quotation from a Lidl spokesperson:

‘We can confirm that work has begun to bring our second Lidl store to Christchurch and we plan to open in summer 2021.

‘The new supermarket will deliver our fresh, high quality and affordable produce to even more of the local community and will create around 40 full and part time jobs. We look forward to sharing more details nearer the time.’

The pictures below were taken today, 2 September 2020.

October 2019 – The Proposal

It was reported in the Christchurch Times that Lidl has applied to take over part of the Homebase store on Barrack Road, subject to approval by the Council. The building will be divided in to two, with Lidl occupying around a third of the space.

Here is the statement submitted with the planning application:

‘It is proposed to reconfigure and extend Unit 1 to create two units with Homebase downsizing and occupying unit 1b and Lidl occupying unit 1a.’

Homebase’s floor space would go from around 6000m2 to 3600m2, with Lidl taking over the rest. This would be its second store in the town, the other being on Somerford Road.

! was concerned about transport, with the roundabout being normally very busy. However, all seem to have been considered. See the complete traffic survey (pdf, opens in a new window).

This is the plan of the proposed development. Click for a larger image.,

Here is a direct link to the submitted application.

The store half an hour before opening on Sunday morning