A LONG awaited supermarket will open its doors in Prestatyn next week.

German global discount chain Lidl has confirmed that its new supermarket on Parc Dyffryn in Prestatyn, will open its doors for the first time on Thursday, September 27.

Prestatyn shoppers are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8am, and will be offered the chance to sample some of the store's products as well as some celebratory offers and deals.

Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Stuart Jardine, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing this new Lidl store to Prestatyn.

"It is great for us to be able to create more jobs and investment opportunities in the area, and we can’t wait to start serving our multi-award winning products to the local community.”

The opening date will be welcome news for some residents, however many have raised concerns about various aspects of the development.

Last year, construction work ceased around an exposed pipe area on site following a contamination scare; diggers uncovered black sludge after cutting through a pipe.

Resident Jackie Rowe said at the time she feared the sludge uncovered was the highly toxic ‘blue billy’, which is associated with the production of coal gas and contains high levels of cyanide.

While Denbighshire County Council confirmed that the sludge didn't pose a health risk and work resumed residents have also aired their fears on the size of the development, traffic concerns and the affect on small business in Prestatyn.

The new supermarket, which has created about 40 new jobs for Prestatyn, occupies an area of about 1,435m² - roughly equivalent to a fifth of a football pitch - and features facilities such as an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets, baby changing and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.