Discount Retail Chain Lidl Spain (owned by the German Schwarz Group) has acquired a plot of about 158,000m2 in the Leon municipality of Villadangos del Páramo to build a new logistics platform and take another important step forward to ensure its sustainable expansion in northwestern Spain. This project, which "will generate wealth and local employment" through some 300 jobs, is part of the supermarket chain's firm commitment to continue growing throughout the territory.
The project was announced on Tuesday at a ceremony with the Minister of Economy and Finance of the Junta de Castilla y León, Carlos Fernández Carriedo; the Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones; the General Director of Infrastructures and Environmental Sustainability of the Junta de Castilla y León, José Manuel Jiménez; the territorial delegate in León of the Board, Ester Muñoz; and the mayor of Villadangos del Páramo, Alejandro Barrera, among other political authorities.
Lidl's future warehouse in Villadangos del Páramo will allow the company to continue adapting its logistics resources to face its national expansion plan with guarantees, an objective for which it plans to open four other warehouses in the coming years: two in Escúzar (Granada) and Parla (Madrid) both under construction, on plots that exceed 132,000m2 and 145,000m2, respectively and two others in Martorell (Barcelona) and Constantí (Tarragona) pending in both cases to start the works on plots of more than 126,000m2 and 185,000m2, respectively. Currently, and as reported from the supermarket chain, Lidl already has a network of 11 logistics platforms in Spain.
From Cheste to Villadangos
"In recent years we have been significantly expanding our presence throughout Spain by opening new stores, a reality that allows us to be closer to the consumer but also requires us to constantly increase our logistics infrastructures with new facilities from which to efficiently manage our assortment of products", commented the regional director of Expansion and Real Estate of Lidl Spain, Albert Lavín, who added that "since 2019 we have launched three warehouses in Cheste (Valencia), Agüimes (Las Palmas) and Nanclares de la Oca (Vitoria), and in the future we plan to do the same with five more: Escúzar, Parla, Martorell, Constantí and Villadangos del Páramo. In total, up to eight new logistics platforms in a few years that will make it possible for us to continue clearly boosting our business in the country with new stores, new stable and quality jobs, and more purchases of national and regional products".
Present in Castilla y León for 27 years, Lidl today has 25 stores and a workforce of about 520 people in the Community. The company maintains a firm commitment to the agri-food industry in this region, where it makes product purchases worth 290 million euros per year from more than 40 Castilian and Leonese suppliers, exporting up to 40% of these to thirty countries.
In recent years, Lidl has also become a decisive player for the economic and labour development of Castilla y León. In this sense, the opening of new stores, the creation of jobs and the purchases of more and more regional product, have allowed it to increase its impact on GDP and employment in this autonomous community by up to 14% in just three years. In this same period (2019-2021), the activity of the supermarket chain in this region accumulated more than 990 million euros contributed to GDP and increased by more than 900 the direct, indirect and induced jobs generated. Thanks to this, the impact of Lidl in Castilla y León is currently around 350 million euros per year contributed to GDP (0.66% of the regional total) and around 7,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs generated (0.75% of the regional total).