The chain confirmed yesterday that it has agreed contracts with Whole Foods Market and the landlord to occupy the unit, with the goal to refurbish and open for trade later this year.
However, many of the area's residents didn't take to the news too kindly, with one person describing it as a "sad day" for Giffnock and another stating that it would likely "attract vermin that do not belong" in their "prestigious area".
So Lidl is opening in Giffnock where Whole Foods was.....apparently the feral hordes are massing at the border already 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/AkgtYLzHaA
— Fly you fools! (@Duffy81) April 19, 2018
One Facebook response read: "This is disgraceful news. The opening of this store will bring down the tone of the whole area. I'm disappointed that M & S have not followed up with their initial interest, perhaps locals should have lobbied them."
Another worried Giffnock resident, then apparently posed the question: “You have to ask yourself what kind of people need their food to be so cheap?"
Before answering: "Drug takers, wasters and the unemployable no doubt. Not the type of people we need around here.”
Many of the comments have since been deleted from the original Facebook post but not before some eagle eyed users spotted them and took screen shots before reposting them on Twitter and Facebook.
Though some people did have a serious point to make regarding local shops...
...it wasn't long before the jokes came pouring out at the expense of those reacting in anger to the news.
Exclusive pictures of that daft wummin from Giffnock on hearing that LIDL are taking over the Whole Foods Shop. pic.twitter.com/YXnN4K4bk9
— THE Internet Bampot (@inetbampot45) April 18, 2018
Posting on Twitter, one person pointed out that the people complaining are the same people "that travel to Lidl outside of Giffnock, put their shopping in a M&S bag then come home".
BREAKING: Live scenes from Fenwick Road Giffnock, site of new Lidl pic.twitter.com/iQ7W8J2lzG
— Dr Matt Miller (@mattm1306) April 19, 2018
One user jokingly posted that it was "reverse gentrification", while another added that it was the very definition of "first world problems".
Finding it hilarious and ridiculous how people are reacting to the news of the new Lidl in Giffnock! If that’s how they feel, I must be seriously bringing down the neighbourhood 😂
— Lou Hickey (@LouHickey) April 19, 2018
lidl opening in place of whole foods in giffnock will be the cause of WW3 i’m calling it
— anna (@_stiIIhere) April 19, 2018
the hummus shortage was followed by the great taramasalata blight.
Collecitvely they were referred to in Giffnock as the "Double Dip Recession"
— John Ewan (@LondonHibee) April 19, 2018