Discount Retail Chain Lidl opened its latest US $92m (£70m) regional distribution centre in Peterborough, employing 400 people and providing a new major hub of fresh produce.
At 45,000 sq metres, the centre is the size of eight football pitches, and will form a key part of Lidl’s US $1.75bn (£1.34bn) investment plan into the UK in 2019 and 2020. The business affirmed its wider warehouse expansion plans are also continuing, with new distribution centres planned for Luton and Bolton, along with the expansion of its existing warehouses in Belvedere and Bridgend. The opening at Peterborough follows confirmation of plans to open 100 new stores across Great Britain throughout 2021 and 2022, and marks the latest in Lidl’s rapid expansion plan, as the discounter continues to invest in its GB infrastructure. Strategically located next to the A1(M), the warehouse will initially serve 48 stores and will use a natural refrigerant system, which heats and cools the entire building, along with solar panels that will generate 10 % of the total electricity required by the building. Lidl stated the facility had plans to recruit a further 50 staff this year.
The speed in which Lidl is opening new distribution centers in Europe is enormous, just within one week Lidl opened:
Agüimes (Canary Islands, Spain): 40,000-square-meters logistics center, investment US$53 million and employing 60 jobs;
Riga (Latvia) 51,000-square-meter logistics center including headquarters, investment $65 million and employing 150 jobs;
Peterborough (UK): 45,000-square-meters logistics center, investment US$ 92 million and employing 400 jobs.
Underlining the growth ambitions of the Discount Retail Chain and largest European retailer.
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