Construction is underway at site of a new budget supermarket in St Helens.
The Lidl store on Park Road, Blackbrook, will create up to 40 jobs when it is completed.
However, work is now underway at the site.
It is expected to take seven months to complete.
Stuart Jardine, Lidl UK’s regional head of property, said: “There’s been much anticipation for this new Lidl store and it’s great that we are now in a position to break the ground and start the build.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received so far, and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we enter this next phase of the development.”
The new store in St Helens will add to Lidl’s existing 650 shops across the country, and will form part of the company’s growth plans, which aim to see this increase to 1,500 store in the future.