SUPERMARKET giant Lidl will be opening a new branch in Oxford.

The new branch will be opening in Templars Square Shopping Park in Cowley, in the empty unit where Matalan used to be.

Bosses at Lidl have now applied for planning permission, asking Oxford City Council if they can put new signs up outside the front of the store.

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The three signs will be: a square illuminated sign facing into the retail park’s car park; a poster in front of the store and a non-illuminated sign at the end of T K Maxx, facing Between Towns Road.

The budget food store is expected to have a floor space of 1,244sqm.

It first announced plans in June to open 50 new stores in the UK this year as part of a huge expansion.

The project is part of a £1.3 billion investment, with the aim of launching 1,000 new stores by 2022 - 50 of which will open to customers by December this year.

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Lidl is looking at opening new sites in town centres, the edge of city centres, retail parks and metropolitan locations.

The move will open up 2,000 new jobs.

Other Lidl stores can be found on Watlington Road in Oxford, Wallingford, Witney, Bicester and Banbury.

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