Lidl UK has announced plans to build a major new distribution centre to supply its London stores.
Expansion in the capital
To support its growth in London, Lidl is to build a new distribution centre in Luton, Bedfordshire. The facility will serve the discounter’s London stores, including five new locations inside the M25: Hornchurch, Rosehill, Shepherd's Bush, South Ruislip and Walthamstow.
1 million sq ft facility
Lidl has exchanged contacts for a 58-acre site in Luton, on which it plans to build a 1 million square foot warehouse. The facility will be the discounter’s largest in the UK, and its forth DC for Greater London, creating 1000 new jobs.
It marks a significant step in Lid’s UK expansion– it opened two regional DCs in Exeter and Wednesbury in 2017, and is planning a further three in Doncaster, Bolton and Peterborough.
Ambitious expansion plans
Commenting on the announcement, Ingo Fischer, Lidl’s board director for expansion and development in the UK, 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.”