Bosses have said they hope Slough's new Lidl supermarket will be fully operational by December this year.

Plans have been submitted to build the new supermarket in a vacant unit in Slough retail park in Cippenham.

The German retail giant has been eyeing to take up a place between ScS and Smyths Toy Store, which was formerly occupied by Harveys who went into administration in June 2020.

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The new store, which could employ up to 40 people in a mix of full and part-time roles, has seen another planning application submitted this week.

The new application outlines plans to reposition the customer entrance, reconfigure and reduce the mezzanine floorspace, make alterations to the customer car park, construct a trolley bay, reposition the rear delivery doors, alter to rear escape doors and remove eight staff parking bays.

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In the new planning application, developers stated: "Lidl wishes to open the proposed store as soon as possible and, subject to planning permission, has programmed opening in time for Christmas trading in 2021."

In a consultation earlier this year, nearly 1,500 residents responded and 94 per cent wanted an affordable supermarket, four per cent said no, and two per cent were undecided.

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The shop wants to open from 8am to 10pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and 10am to 5pm on Sundays and bank/public holidays.