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STV weatherman Sean Batty is celebrating the opening of the new Lidl in Airdrie

Sean Batty has opened a new Lidl in Airdrie – making it the 111th Lidl store in Scotland.

STV weatherman Sean Batty visited Lidl’s new Airdrie store to cut the ribbon, officially marking the 111th Lidl in Scotland. The store opens as the discounter confirms it has raised a record £111,000 for the STV Children’s Appeal.

Lidl colleagues raised the funds through team games nights, bucket collections and bike rides. Funds will go to grassroots charities and community organizations supporting Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Airdrie residents lined up for the store’s opening as they waited for offers available over the weekend on selected home, kitchen and tech products while stocks last. Since opening, the shop has great deals for foodies, with a crepe maker for £12.99, a bread machine for £24.99 and a jar blender for £14.99.

The new store, on Carlisle Road, has 1,255m² of retail space and features Lidl’s favorite in-store bakery, as well as a customer toilet with a baby changing area. Solar panels have also been installed on the roof, as well as rapid electric vehicle charging points in the Lidl car park.

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Additionally, the site allows for future retail opportunities for Drive Thru and other businesses. The Airdrie store has brought around 40 top-paying supermarket retail jobs to the local area, which has seen steady investment in the region since Lidl opened a regional distribution center in Motherwell in 2019 and a Bellshill store in early 2022.

Weatherman and STV Children’s Challenge Ambassador Sean Batty said: “It was an honor to officially open Lidl’s 111th store in Airdrie, which coincided with £111,000 donated by Lidl to the STV Children’s Appeal. Vulnerable children and young people in Scotland need our help now more than ever and every donation goes a long way in supporting these vital charities and organisations.”

Lidl’s continued success shows no signs of slowing down, Lidl is now the sixth largest supermarket in the UK. With an overall market share of 7.2%, the discounter was recently named the cheapest supermarket in The Grocer’s ‘Super Grocer 33’ for the third time in a row – beating six major retailers including Aldi.

The index, which compares the prices of 33 everyday groceries across seven of Britain’s biggest supermarkets, found Lidl £15.44 cheaper than Morrisons and £27.88 cheaper than the most expensive retailer.

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