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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:01 pm

I heard it was suppose to open a couple of weeks ago and someone said to me at the weekend it was this THursday it was due to open but there is no way it will be Thursday as they don't even have the fridges/freezers in yet or there signs up. With all the heavy rain we had last week I think they also had a problem with the roof leaking as there were roofers vans in the car park a few days ago. I was having a look on Midlothian Councils website the other day and a planning application was submitted on 26th March by Lidl for there signs to go up but the application just has 'pending' next to it as it is apparently a conservation area, bit late for worrying about what the area looks like now, I doubt a few lidl signs will hide the building!! considering they were suppose to be on penalty clauses they aren't in any hurry. at one point they were aiming for mid July but it might all come down to when our local celeb is available for his photo shoot, maybe hes away having a nice wee holiday at the moment and thats holding everything up lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:23 am

and what is happening with the big hole in the ground at the new trees next to the Health Centre ... pond, swimming pool, diamond mine ?
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:16 pm

I've heard that Lidl are going to open the shop in August, probably in time for the Christmas period.

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:48 pm

Very odd that they are taking so long to open the Lidl store - the only reason I can see is that they may have to finish both car parks to cope with the number of shoppers.
I cannot wait as the other two supermarkets are going from bad to worse. Someone I know who works at a different supermarket in Edinburgh was amazed at how bad T**** was with empty or mis-stacked shelves and surly staff who would not even move out of the way!
I forsee big changes in the future
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:03 am

It's amazing all the different stories you hear.... I heard there is a major problem with the roof being too high, breaching planning regulations.
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:47 am

I emailed Lidl yesterday to ask about the store opening and the news is............there is no news. See below for their reply.

"Dear Lidl Customer

Re: New Store

We thank you for your recent email regarding our plans to open a new Store.

We can confirm that at this current stage, regrettably we do not have any proposed dates for the opening of this Store. Nonetheless, when this information becomes available, advertisements will be issued into the local area to confirm.

In the meantime, may we thank you for taking the time to contact our Department and should you have any additional enquiries, then please do not hesitate to contact us again.


Very strange as I would have expected them to be rushing to get the place trading as soon as possible. I suppose since it was built by LJR Properties, it won't be costing Lidl any money so they are in no hurry.
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:58 pm

I was speaking to someone yesterday who has actually got a job at the new Lidl and they are not due to start working there until August. They were told the reason there has been a delay is because of the roof being too high! HELLO, THIS IS WHAT THE RESIDENTS OF IMRIE PLACE INUNDATED THE COUNCIL ABOUT THE DAY THE STEEL STRUCTURE WENT UP!. Twisted Evil Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:55 pm

I see the shoplifters, I mean shopfitters have moved in to the building now so we might see some progress one day. The Lidl car park was closed off again today with part of the Somerfield one open again.
I also see they are planning to make the section of road there a 20mph zone which could result in lots of speeding fines if they enforce it. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:16 am

yes, I noticed yesterday that they were finally starting to do something although there was apparently I bit of complaining from Lidl as people were parking in their car park!!! yesterday morning when I went to work the fence was across the Lidl car park stopping anyone getting in and the Somerfield car park was completely closed as they were digging it up. Lidl are not getting off to the best of starts I must say, it seems to be they want everything their own way! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:54 pm

It seems to be taking a very long time to get Lidl's new store fitted out and open. I wonder why they have put up the barriers round the shop and now have boarded up the windows on the inside - is there some big secret they don't want us (or Tesco / Somerfield) to see in there?

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:17 pm

yeah I know, the residents have been having a right good laugh at them. I think they forget we can see into the car park. They have even put one of these barriers at the back of the property beside the snooker hall in Imrie Place. I think they are having some problems fitting the place out and have only just got electric in as we have been listening to their generator for the past couple of weeks. It was suppose to be open this month but I can't see it being ready before September. They are working late and at the weekends and dont seem to be getting anywhere fast. its a joke! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:48 pm

unfortunately folks, it looks like you are all going to have to wait a little longer for Lidl to hit Penicuik. I noticed the other day that there was a demolition lorry in the car park which I thought was strange and found out today that they are apparently have to dig up the concrete shop floor! I did notice on Midlothian Councils website that Lidl had applied for a Building Warrant in July to do with alterations to the drainage, this must also explain why they have got all the boarding up around the door etc - I think they big secret has been rumbled! at the rate they are going it will have taken over a year to build one store. This is the first time that Lidl had apparently used a firm outwith to build a store, so I don't think they'll be in a hurry to do that again with all the problems they have had. It was all very dodgy anyway, there was only ever 3/4 Irish guys on site at the start and no building company name up advertising the firm not in the least bit suprised the roof was leaking, it was built too high, they hit power cables and they are having problems with drainage.
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:30 am

Thanks for the update Gonzo. The whole thing seems to be turning in to a real fiasco so it is no wonder they are trying to hide it from people. I can see that by the time it is finished, LJR will be paying Lidl for the store!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:13 pm

An article in the Advertiser this week tells how 200 people applied for the 12 job vacancies at Lidl. It seems it will be the end of September (didn't say which year) when the store opens despite the fact that work is going well in fitting it out Crying or Very sad

As expected, no mention of any problems even though work began in late October 2008.
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:52 am

thats interesting as I know someone who works at the job centre and every person that they sent along to be interviewed, Lidl rejected and asked for more people to be sent. No wonder there was 200 applicants. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:07 am

My son applied for a part-time job with them and was promptly rejected without an interview.

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:36 pm

The Advertiser article is now on the website so you can read it at:

http://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/200-in-bid-for-jobs.5563812.jp

Just remember THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE - but not in this article!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:40 pm

Shock news - Lidl is actually going to open!!!!

Thursday 24th September is the big day according to the advert in the Advertiser today!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:27 pm

lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:51 pm

The barriers are down and the lights are on so it appears that Lidl will actually be opening later this month. I did doubt that they would ever finish it but there seems to be loads of work going on plus Tesco and Somerfield have suddenly started to display lots of special offers - I wonder why?

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:11 am

Nothing like a bit of competition to focus their minds on what the customer wants Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:17 pm

I got some money-off vouchers through the post from Tesco today - you would think that there was a new supermarket opening nearby!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:41 pm

SamTyler wrote:
I got some money-off vouchers through the post from Tesco today - you would think that there was a new supermarket opening nearby!!!!

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Lol me to, and yes will be using them cheers


There is a definate buzz about the new supermarket, most of the ladies from work are counting down the days and will be heading there on Thursday.
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:04 am

1 Week on and still no comment on how good / bad or indifferent this overhyped new store is? After all the excitement is everyone now sat paying more attention to whats on their nice new (cheap) flat screen telly from Lidl or concluding that it is just another supermarket??
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PostSubject: Re: The plans for Lidl in Penicuik, Imrie Place etc.   Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:15 am

yes I thought there would have been loads of comments about how great it was. Not been in it myself but from the people that I have spoken to that have been in, they weren't overly excited about it. The car park was busy the first few days but think thats because its a new novelty. Its like everything though, you get what you pay for.

Also, there seems to be some wonderful rumour going round Penicuik that all the residents in Imrie Place received compensation of 3000 each. If only that were true! As a resident I just want to set the record straight that no residents have received a penny in compensation.
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