Lidl is generating 500 new jobs as it prepares to open its largest distribution centre in the United Kingdom in Peterborough as part of its plans to invest £1.45bn in the UK over the next two years.
The German discounter, which recently passed Waitrose to become the seventh biggest grocer of the United Kingdom, said that the new site would be its 15th distribution centre and will supply non-food items and groceries to the nearby area.
Lidl stated that Peterborough was “ideally located” to support its expansion across the United Kingdom and it would now attempt to obtain satisfactory planning consent for the site.
In an interview in July, Christian Härtnagel, the Lidl boss, revealed that the discounter planned to “open one new shop a week” and had agreed to open about 120 shops over the next two years. The shop openings are part of his plans to develop Lidl at the fastest rate ever in the United Kingdom.
At the time, Härtnagel stressed that Lidl would also be pumping money into investing in warehouses to help support its shop expansion.
Lidl has begun building new warehouses in Bolton and Doncaster and is relocating a Weston-Super-Mare site to Avonmouth.
The supermarket has also stimulated its clothing ambitions with a fashion collaboration with Heidi Klum, the German supermodel.
Last month, industry figures by Kantar revealed that Lidl was once again the fastest-growing retailer, with a sales boost of 19.2pc taking its market share to a record 5.3pc. Lidl and Aldi, its rival cut-price grocer, now account for almost £1 in every £8 spent in the supermarkets of Britain.