LIDL is to open its first store in Colchester, creating 40 jobs.

The budget supermarket chain is set to open a 20,000 sq ft store in Gosbecks Road.

It ends speculation surrounding the site, which had been on the market for more than a year.

The site is home to a Colchester Borough Homes depot and the Colchester Wine Company, which is due to relocate.

Colchester Council’s cabinet is set to agree to sell its part, the depot, for an undisclosed sum next week.

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