SUPERMARKET chain Lidl is opening its new store in Hayes this Thursday (2). It is on the former swimming pool site in Botwell Lane.

It has a glass-fronted facade, LED internal lighting, in-store bakery and customer toilets and has ample parking for cars and bicycles.

The German food retailer, voted Best Supermarket 2016 by readers of Good Housekeeping, is expanding at a time when customers are making more frequent trips to convenience stores.

Recent consumer research suggests that homes located near lower-priced grocers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are rising in value faster then the average.

The new Lidl store will create 40 new jobs and give increased choice and convenience for residents at the new Gatefold Building.

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Akash Sharma, assistant property manager for developers be:here Hayes, said:  "Hayes is a great location to live and work, and its selling points seem to be growing almost every day, with new businesses and shopping options popping up regularly.”

Regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory site in Blyth Road will provide more shops, restaurants and a cinema.