NEW plans have been outlined for a Lidl supermarket to be built as part of the Borders Gateway development in Tweedbank.

Last week, the Border Telegraph confirmed that Premier Inn had pulled out of the project, with the company stating that it was “currently unviable”.

And now plans are to be submitted to Scottish Borders Council for a Lidl store to be part of the development.

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Duncan Hamilton, managing director of developers Manor Place Developments, said: “We are delighted to have agreed terms with Lidl GB to develop a new store at the Borders Gateway development.

“It will be a great addition to the scheme and give local residents in Tweedbank access to high quality and affordable produce on their doorstep.

“The scheme will create over 100 new jobs in Tweedbank and still bring a new petrol filling station and a Costa drive-thru and we are looking at opportunities to bring additional trade counter operators to the new industrial units.”

The hotel will be replaced by five new industrial units, according to the Tweedbank developers.

Lidl GB’s regional head of property, Gordon Rafferty, said the store will create around 35 new jobs.

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“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Manor Place Developments to bring a Lidl store to Tweedbank,” said Mr Rafferty.

“Our exciting plans are set to create around 35 new jobs which would be fantastic for the local area, delivering our high quality and affordable produce to even more of the community.

“We look forward to sharing and discussing our plans with everyone.”

Manor Place Developments and Lidl GB will be writing to residents in Tweedbank and the surrounding area to get their views.

The leaflet will be delivered to households in the next week and residents will have the opportunity to give feedback on the proposals.