A NATIONAL supermarket chain is looking to relocate its Whitchurch store as part of a campaign to construct 1,000 stores by 2023.

Lidl, which currently has a store in Bridgewater, has revealed it is looking to move, although official plans have not been revealed.

The change is part of Lidl's £1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022, which includes opening 50 new stores this year and creating 2,000 new jobs.

The supermarket has recently published its annual list of desired locations across the country where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments focusing on town centre, edge of centre, retail park and metropolitan locations.

The list of desirable sites for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites who are interested in exploring opportunities with Lidl.

Christian Härtnagel, chief executive officer at Lidl GB said: "We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation.

"Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.

"We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access high quality food at the lowest prices on the market."