Source: Food Bev
German supermarket Lidl has announced plans to build a new distribution centre in Luton, which will be its largest distribution facility in the UK.
1,000 jobs will be created as a result of the expansion, according to Lidl, and five new London stores will also open as part of the expansion.
The new 234,700-square-metre facility will be more than double the size of the chain’s current largest UK warehouse, and the new facility will supply stores in the London area.
Lidl had previously announced it would invest £1.45 billion in the UK in 2017-18, and the expansion forms a vital part of this strategy.
The five new London stores will be opened over the course of the next two months, and will be located in Shepherds Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill.
Director for expansion and development, Ingo Fischer, said: “With five new stores opening in the next two months alone, and further store expansion and development plans in place for the Greater London area across the new financial year and beyond, this new warehouse is vital in supporting our ambitious expansion plans in and around the M25.”
He continued: “We are committed to the continued investment in our operations and infrastructure to support our growth.”