Lidl to create 1,000 jobs at new Luton distribution centre
Lidl UK is set to create 1,000 new jobs at its new Luton distribution centre after exchanging contracts with Houghton Regis Management Co (a consortium of Aviva Investors, LIH and the Diocese of St Albans).
The new warehouse, which will be approximately 1,000,000 sq ft, will be Lidl’s largest in the UK at double the size of any of its other warehouses across Great Britain.
Underlining the scale of the supermarket’s ambitious expansion plans in London, the regional distribution centre will be Lidl’s fourth for Greater London, supporting warehouses in Belvedere, Northfleet and Enfield, and its 16th in the UK.
Along with the supermarket’s other London RDCs, the new warehouse will manage the supply and distribution of food and non-food products to Lidl stores in and around the M25, whilst supporting the supermarket’s continued growth in Greater London.
The supermarket chain is set to open five new London stores over the next two months, in Shepherds Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill.
Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK board director for expansion and development, said: “As more London households choose to shop at Lidl we are committed to the continued investment in our operations and infrastructure to support our growth.
“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.”
The new distribution centre, which forms part of Lidl UK’s £1.45bn expansion investment in Great Britain between 2017-18, follows the opening of two new regional distribution centres in Exeter and Wednesbury in 2017, and the announcement of a further three new warehouses in Doncaster, Bolton and Peterborough.
Construction has also begun on two new warehouses in Avonmouth and Eurocentral, Scotland, which will replace its existing warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare and Livingston respectively.
Since Lidl first opened its doors in the UK in 1994 it has been responding to customer demand for its quality products at low prices, and now has over 690 stores nationwide.
Published: 08 January 2018