Liverpool’s historic Lewis’s Building is to become home to a major new Lidl low-cost supermarket. The building, opposite the Adelphi hotel, was once one of the city’s landmark storesBut having been empty for several years, it is now in line for a makeover by the budget grocers chain. It wants to create around 30 new jobs, and is the latest firm following the trend for opening up big superstores in the city centre rather than on out-of-town retail parks.

The ground floor of the Lewis’s Building, on Ranelagh Street, will be taken up by the German company, but much of the rest of it is still being developed as part of the Central Village apartments complex. City heritage campaigners said they hoped that the shop - with its recognisable yellow and blue colour scheme - would be sympathetic to the nineteenth century former department store’s architecture.

Lidl has insisted it knew the building was “close to many people’s hearts” and said it would tailor its fit-out to be in keeping.

Jonathan Brown, a member of the Merseyside Civic Society, said: “It’s got to be respected that this is a listed building, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t tone it down.