Portadown is on track for a major new retail investment after Lidl Northern Ireland confirmed its brand new £6 million store will open at High Street Mall in Spring 2021, creating 20 permanent new jobs and supporting up to 100 more through the planning and construction phases.

The new Lidl Northern Ireland store is in addition to a £4 million transformational investment and re-development of the popular town centre shopping destination which will also include a new layout, enhanced parking, greater town centre access and a new central plaza.

Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket said its plans for Portadown were part of a continued investment in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon area and right across the region. It already has stores in Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge and Lurgan (and Portadown).

Planning was granted for the new development by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council last year.

Lidl Northern Ireland is already a major direct and indirect local investor. In 2018, as part of an independent economic assessment, it confirmed that it sourced more than £100 million of local food produce for export from the borough – twice that of any other borough in Northern Ireland – while also being among one of its largest employers.