A multimillion-pound construction project, which is bringing a new supermarket to Oban town centre, is set for completion by the end of the summer.
Lidl has announced that its new outlet, which is currently being built on Soroba Road, is expected to open for business in September.
It is being created on the site of the former Co-op in the town, which was demolished to make way for the store.
The new Lidl of the Future supermarket is being hailed as the first of its kind in Scotland.
The budget supermarket chain is relocating from its current premises on Lochavullin Road as part of its ongoing expansion ambitions within the UK, and construction is on schedule.
The investment will see Lidl unveil its newest concept store in Oban with a sales area of 4,671 square feet.
The development also promises a jobs boost for the community, with the company looking to recruit an extra 10 employees in full and part-time positions to add to the current staff.
State-of-the-art facilities being promised in the new store include a bakery, eight tills and 120 car parking spaces. There will also be enhanced welfare facilities for staff above the shopfloor.
Lidl UK’s head of property, Gordon Rafferty, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part to date in bringing this new Lidl store to Oban.
“It is wonderful for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to open the doors to this new Lidl of the Future store and serve our multi-award winning products to the local community.”
Roddy McCuish, lead councillor for Oban Lorn and the Isles, said: “I am absolutely delighted at this new store. It just goes to show the confidence that investors have in the town.”
The new premises will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 630, and forms part of the company’s growth plans, which envisage that figure increasing to 1,200 in the future.
The supermarket chain has experienced continued growth over the years, with Kantar Worldpanel results outlining its continued growth and market share of 4.4%.