The existing Co-op store on North End Road
August 21, 2023
North End Road’s Co-op supermarket will close its doors on 16 September, with a new Lidl store set to launch within weeks.
The Co-op, at 254 - 258 North End Road has been due to close for well over a year and has been looking increasingly dilapidated. Now a sign in the window is announcing the closure date with a message to customers saying “We’re sorry your local Co-op is closing. It’s been a pleasure serving your community.
“A new store will be opening here soon.”
Though Lidl has not yet announced an official opening date, it is expected to be up and running in time for the pre-Christmas rush. A number of planning applications have already been approved, including a new shopfront and signs, and a licence is in place to trade seven days a week between the hours of 7am and 11pm.
While the new store is eagerly awaited in Fulham, one drawback is that the future Lidl will not include a branch of the Post Office which is currently at the back of the Co-op. Local MP Greg Hands has been campaigning to save the Post Office, but with no success persuading Lidl to keep it, says he is now “determined to push Post Office Ltd to retain a Post Office in the vicinity of North End Road”.
Drawing of Lidl store submitted with application to council
Nearby Post Office services are currently limited to several small counters within convenience stores, including Fulham Broadway and Dawes and Munster Roads.
When it opens, the new store will be Lidl's third supermarket in the borough, adding to branches open in Livat in Hammersmith's King Street and the W12 Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush.
Co-op Food meanwhile still has a number of relatively near branches, at locations including Lillie and Munster Roads and further up North End Road, plus two stores further south in Parsons Green.
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