Updated: Apr 13
Discount Retail Chain Lidl Sweden (owned by German Schwarz Gruppe) inaugurated its new head office in Barkarbystaden when Swedish CEO Johan Augustsson cut the inaugural ribbon in a Corona-safe environment. The new, over 15,000 square meter head office will have just over 400 of Lidl's approximately 5,000 employees in the future. With the new head office, Lidl is gathering further strength to intensify competition and challenge the major dominants in the Swedish food market.
Construction of the new, 15,000 square meter headquarters began in 2018 and is now finally complete. The new office has received the environmental certification Breeam Excellent and will initially accommodate just over 400 workplaces. However, there is room for 600 employees, which is in line with Lidl's ambitions to continue to grow in Sweden. Opposite the new head office, a new store was opened at the end of 2020, which will function as a test environment for developing Lidl's stores.
Sweden manager Johan Augustsson cut the ribbon for the new office and welcomed the employees. "We are incredibly happy to finally be able to start working at our new head office, specially adapted to our needs. Last year we opened our 200th store in Sweden and this is another important milestone for our expansion and to strengthen our position in Sweden. We look forward to gathering our entire central organization in one and the same building, as we have previously been spread over several locations and offices. Now I long for us to have the opportunity to be seen on site in the new office in the future", says Johan Augustsson, Sweden manager for Lidl.
The new office is specifically designed according to Lidl's wishes and needs. The roof is covered by a lawn where insects and small birds thrive. In the middle of the building there is a large open atrium and around the atrium there are desk workplaces, areas for meetings, collaboration and more.
"I am very happy that Lidl is now opening its head office in Järfälla. It contributes to attractive workplaces in the area at the same time as it clearly shows Barkarbystaden's attractiveness for office and retail establishments. Lidl's concept is also a welcome addition to the sustainable district that we are now building," says Emma Feldman, chairman of the municipal board in Järfälla.
The new headquarters was designed by Archus and built by Serneke.