Jobs boost with double opening

Restaurant and store to open in Mere Green

With the hospitality industry still struggling with closures due to Covid infections, there will be a double opening to lift the gloom in the next couple of weeks with a new store and restaurant creating jobs in Mere Green.

Discount grocer Lidl has confirmed that around 40 jobs, both full and part-time, will be created at its new Sutton Coldfield store when it finally opens at the end of this month and a new Thai tapas style restaurant, the Giggling Squid, opens its doors next week.

Workers are busy working on the inside of the store, with completion set to be imminent while the finishing touches are being put to the Giggling Squid venue prior to its opening on Mulberry Walk.

A Lidl spokesman said: “Once opened, the store will create around 40 full and part time jobs for the local area and we look forward to delivering our fresh, quality and affordable produce to the local community.”

The Giggling Squid is opening with celebratory offers. Bookings are now open and diners will be notified the moment bookings go live for the opening week which includes a celebratory 50 per cent off all meals. For booking info, visit the new website at

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