Switzerland: Lidl is building a new fruit and vegetable warehouse
Discount Retail Chain Lidl Switzerland (owned by the German Schwarz Grupp) has arrived in Switzerland and opened around 8-10 stores every year. Due to this growth, Lidl Switzerland needs new storage space and is now building a new warehouse right next to the existing chilled and non-perishable goods distribution center in Weinfelden (Switzerland). The Corona situation in particular has shown how important good functioning logistics and sufficient capacities are for the food supply of the Swiss population.
The new building is mainly used for the transshipment of fruits and vegetables as well as the storage of seasonal non-food items and is an extension of the existing goods distribution center, which is located directly next to the new building. On a gross floor area of almost 23,000m2, around 10,000 pallet spaces will be created in the two-story, modular building. The new warehouse is expected to go into operation at the end of 2021.
When designing the building, careful attention was paid to sustainable construction. The building will be built according to the Minergie standard, modern and spacious ancillary / break rooms will be designed and only natural refrigerants will be used in later operation.
The highlight of the project is its own banana ripening facility, which enables the ripening process to be vertically integrated into its own value chain. In this integrated ripening facility, the still green bananas are fully ripened and then brought to the stores.