The discount supermarket chain is being forced to rethink its plans for a store in Wavertree after Historic England slapped a grade two listing on a building the company planned to demolish.
Designed by architect Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan and built in the 1930s, Abbey Cinema on Church Road North was due to be demolished to make way for a 17,700 sq ft supermarket, part of Lidl’s £1.3bn nationwide expansion strategy.
However, Historic England has thrown a spanner in the works by listing the building, which was most recently used as a Co-op supermarket that closed last April.
The conservation body claims the former Abbey Cinema is an “increasingly rare example of a medium-scale 1930s ‘super cinema’ built for a small independent local chain in the heyday of cinema design and cinemagoing”. …