Discount supermarket Lidl has confirmed it will open its latest store in North Hykeham on May 18.

The new 3,867 sq m store is ahead of schedule, opening a month earlier than anticipated.

The supermarket is on the former site of the Ocean Chinese restaurant on Newark Road and has also seen the demolition of some of the surrounding homes.

The new Lidl supermarket in North Hykeham has replaced the former Ocean Chinese restaurant.

Local residents had opposed the decision when it was put into planning in July 2016 due to current traffic levels and the number of shops already in the area.

Work began to demolish the former Chinese restaurant in August, with construction having started in October.

It will be the third Lidl store in the Lincoln area joining supermarkets on Dixon Street and the Carlton Centre.

A £250,000 investment has enabled Lincoln-based T-shirt printing company Streetshirts to expand to a larger site, creating three new jobs.

The business, which sells online and is predicting a £2 million turnover in 2018, is now based in Witham Point on the Allenby Road Industrial Estate.

Streetshirts have invested £250,000 in upgrading their operations and are expected to be able to create new jobs later this year.

Managing Director Steve Winn and his wife, and fellow Director, Emily, said a variety of factors are driving the business and giving them confidence for the future.

The company originally started in Leeds 15 years ago, before moving to Lincoln, where it was initially based in Monks Way.

It then moved to a unit in Wavell Drive before moving to its current site in line with its ambitions for growth.

Steve said: “Repeat and new orders are driving the trend. Demand for our T-shirt printing service is coming from businesses and individuals, but the biggest opportunity lies in our ability to provide a service to other T-shirt suppliers who do not have their own equipment.

“We have recently invested in state-of-the-art printing and drying equipment which has given us the capacity to cope with not only current demand but future anticipated growth.

“We currently employ four people, but we are looking to take on another three this summer.”

Banks Long & Co Surveyor Francesca Soady, who oversaw the move, said: “We are delighted to hear of the growing success of Streetshirts and to have leased the company larger premises just doors away from its previous unit, which has helped to facilitate a swift and easy move. We wish them the best for the future.”

The new Lincoln Home Bargains store will officially open on Saturday, April 22.

The store, located next to Currys and PC World on Tritton Retail Park, is expected to create around 50 jobs, following an investment of £600,000.

The discount store sells branded products at low prices and will become one of over 400 Home Bargain stores across the UK.

Its product range includes homewares, health and beauty essentials, sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as fresh and frozen food.

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