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Lidl expels popular café to expand supermarket

9 extra parking spaces, open 1 hour earlier on Sundays

Report and photographs: Paul Janik

German-controlled supermarket giant Lidl insists the popular evening café 'Creams' must permanently close at the end of this month.

Lidl has not yet received planning permission from Slough Unitary Authority.

On 10 December 2015, Lidl submitted an application (council reference: P/02787/018) for:-

  • Demolition of bakery extension
  • Internal amalgamation of Lidl and Creams Café to provide single enlarged Lidl store
  • External alterations to front elevation
  • Alterations to parking layout
  • Extend opening hours
  • Associated works.

Slough Times research reveals this actually means:-

  • Lidl will gain 9 car parking spaces, 1 extra disabled space but loose 1 parent & child parking space. The new totals will be: total spaces 88 (previously 79), disabled spaces 5 (previously 4), parent and child spaces 3 (previously 4).
  • Lidl will have no motorcycle parking spaces.
  • The existing bakery area will be replaced by car parking spaces
  • A replacement bakery will be created in the bottom right (south-west) corner of the store.
  • There will still not be any dedicated public toilets
  • Already open Mondays to Saturdays from 07:00 to 23:00, Lidl will extend its Sunday opening times by 1 hour by opening an hour earlier at 10:00 and closing at the existing Sunday time of 17:00

The Creams Café told the Slough Times it will reopen in High Street West (the ghastly traffic jammed one-way street with many parking problems) near to the existing 1974 Robert Taylor public library.

The much loved library is due for demolition because Slough Labour councillors claim it is too big and they want the site for commercial developers to build another new town centre hotel.