Lidl accelerates UK expansion with biggest warehouse
Lidl is set to build its largest warehouse in the UK, servicing its growing estate of London stores. The German discount retailer’s new distribution centre at J11A of the M1 near Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, will be more than double the size of any existing UK facility and will create up to 1,000 new jobs. Part of Lidl’s plan to invest £1.45 billion in Britain in the next two years, the one million square foot warehouse will be its 16th on these shores.
Lidl currently has 690 stores in the UK and plans are afoot to open five new London stores in the next two months - in Shepherds Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill – with further five warehouses in the works. Director for Expansion and Development, Ingo Fischer, says: "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."