Liverpool news Lidl plans to demolish treasured cinema that inspired John Lennon PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Abbey Cinema, on Church Road North, has helped form part of the Wavertree skyline and the area's identity for decades
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Supermarket chain Lidl has confirmed plans to demolish a former Liverpool cinema to make way for a new store. Lidl bought the former Abbey Cinema building on Church Road North in Wavertree last year, after the Co-op moved out. Last year campaign group Love Wavertree and The Wavertree Society both said they wanted to work with Lidl to avoid demolition. Lidl has now announced that following an extensive survey they have decided that the building is "beyond economic repair." Plans will be put before the council to demolish the former picture palace that features in the original draft lyrics to The Beatles song In My Life. The company intend to build a new multi-million pound store on the site which will create 30 jobs. Stuart Jardine from Lidl said: “We have exciting plans for Liverpool. A new Lidl store on Church Road North will improve local shopping choice and bring a much needed supermarket back to the centre of Wavertree, following the Co-op’s decision to close last year. “Following thorough surveys and assessments of the existing building, it is quite clear that it is beyond economic repair. "Lidl is proposing to replace the current premises with a unique store to serve the local community, provide jobs and bring life back to this site. A CGI image of the proposed new Lidl store in Wavertree “We’re launching a ‘virtual’ public consultation in order to give everyone an opportunity to review our plans, and we fully encourage the community to provide their questions and comments via the project website or the consultation leaflet.” A Lidl spokesman said the proposed new store would have a 1,654 sqm gross floor area, and include an in-store bakery and 69 car parking spaces including disabled, parent and child spaces and rapid electric vehicle charging spaces.
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. The Abbey, which opened in 1939, belonged to the golden era of British cinemas when local picture houses attracted mass audiences. Find your nearest vaccination centre by entering your postcode below
Designed by Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan, the Abbey offered audiences a dazzling experience amid ornate columns and neon lights. The Abbey's foyer included a bar and gold fish pond. The art deco cinema closed in 1979 and since then has been a bingo hall, snooker club and the ground-floor used as a supermarket. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here Lidl has invited the public to comment on the proposals via a dedicated website wavertree.expansion.lidl.co.uk and through a leaflet which is being delivered to properties in the area. Residents with questions about the proposals can also call Lidl’s consultation team directly on Freephone 0800 089 0361.
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