Lidl is going ahead with plans to reopen a closed Waitrose store at Torquay.

The German-owned discount retailer has lodged a planning application to convert the supermarket in St Marychurch Road.

It would be the chain’s second branch in Torquay as it already has an outlet in Newton Road, near Torbay Hospital.

Lidl plans to adapt the existing building with its own look and will strip out and replace the internal fittings ahead of reopening.

The application includes removing a canopy from the front and side and better pedestrian access from the car park.

In a statement, the retailer confirms it will keep its other Torquay branch open.

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More than 200 jobs were lost with the closure of the Waitrose stores in Torquay and Teignmouth earlier this year.

Waitrose said at the time of the closure announcement it had sold both branches to the same retailer.

The Lidl planning application for Torquay rules out rumours that the site might be redeveloped for flats.

The Lidl plans  

The chain also has stores in Paignton at the Victoria shopping centre and off Brixham Road. 

Consultation on the scheme ends on Wednesday, September 4. The application will then be decided by Torbay Council.

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