Dumbarton's brand new Lidl store is set to open on February 20.

Bosses at the popular German discount chain today (WED) revealed the date had been brought forward for when it's doors will open to the public for the very first time.

The £6million store will create around 40 new full and part-time jobs in the town.

A date of March 12 was originally pencilled in, but works have gone so well, the new store will now open around three weeks earlier than originally planned.

It is situated on the former Allied Distillers site at Dumbarton Harbour, which is currently being regenerated with over 200 new homes.

Lidl staff are set to welcome locals to their supermarket with a variety of events to mark the grand opening.

A spokesman for Lidl told the Reporter: "Our regional team in Scotland have just confirmed that the opening date has now been brought forward to February 20, from March 12."

The firm faced a number of hurdles in their bid to open.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde objected to them being granted a licence to sell booze based upon the number of alcohol-related deaths in the area – but this was rejected by councillors.

And they were then refused permission to put up new signs to their store as they weren't deemed to be in "the character of the area" – but this decision was later overturned on appeal.

The first Lidl GB store opened its doors in 1994 and, twenty five years later, there are now over 760 stores and thirteen regional distribution centres across the UK.