An early proposal for a new Lidl store on the site of the former B&Q outlet at 238 Easter Road has surfaced on the Leith Central Community Council website.
Apart from a few more diagrams, from which we can glean that the store will incorporate a bakery and some freezers, little more information on the proposal is given on the Leith Central Community Council. There seems to be nothing on the council planning portal either.
What do you think? Would you welcome an extra Lidl in Leith, or do you think there are already enough chain stores in the neighbourhood? If you’d rather something else on the site, what would you like to see happen? It would be possible to argue that a big store on that site could help to boost footfall on Easter Road and thus help to support other traders on the street. But others may take the view that there is already an over provision of big brand food shops in the area.
Incidentally, these proposals from Lidl have cropped up surprisingly quickly after planners refused the supermarket firm permission to set up on a site on the far edge of Craigentinny – on the former Land Rover garage at the northern end of Inchview Terrace. The council refused them permission there, would it be as likely to do the same thing on Easter Road? Perhaps not.