Discount Retail Chain Lidl Netherlands (owned by Schwarz Gruppe) started building its large Dutch distribution center in Almere (near Amsterdam). The German concern has bought 16 hectares of land. Lidl's distribution center should be operational by 2022.
"We chose Almere because the availability of a large plot was possible here," explains director of real estate Lidl Netherlands Harm van Oorschot. "And the excellent accessibility from the A6 and A27 and the central location in the country have played an important role."
The arrival of the Lidl distribution center will involve 300 jobs.
Sustainable distribution center
Sustainability is an important theme at this DC. Lidl Netherlands has already built several distribution centers that are among the most sustainable in Europe. Almere will not be an exception. Lidl is also aiming for the highest achievable BREEAM certification with the Almere distribution center, with 5 stars ranked as 'Outstanding'.
Largest and most sustainable DC in Oosterhout
The announcement of the new DC follows shortly after the official opening of Lidl's largest and most sustainable distribution center in Oosterhout (near Nijmegen and close to the German border), where a 55,000 square meter DC has recently been put into use. Last year Lidl International opened another large fruit distribution center in Moerdijk, close to the harbor of Rotterdam.