Lidl UK has exchanged contracts on a 34-acre site in Peterborough where it plans to build a new 754,000ft² Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) which will be the supermarket’s 15th and largest in Great Britain, creating up to 500 new jobs for the area.
This increased size underlines Lidl UK’s ambitious expansion plans to invest £1.45bn in Great Britain between 2017-18. The warehouse, which is the supermarket’s sixth new RDC to be announced in a year, will manage the supply and distribution of food and non-food items to stores in the surrounding area, using the latest energy efficient and zero-carbon technologies.
Head of warehouse expansion, Adrienne Howells, said: “We are very excited about our proposed Regional Distribution Centre in Peterborough. Our expansion across the UK is progressing rapidly, and it’s important we have the right supply chain infrastructure to support this. Peterborough is ideally located and we’re pleased to be bringing more jobs to the local community”.
Lidl UK will now seek to obtain satisfactory planning consent for the site.
Earlier this year, the grocer opened its 11th new warehouse in Wednesbury and more recently announced the start of construction at its Doncaster RDC and its Scottish RDC which is relocating to larger premises in the Eurocentral industrial estate. A further warehouse in Bolton is also in the pipeline, along with the relocation of Lidl’s Weston-Super-Mare distribution centre to Avonmouth.
Since Lidl first opened its doors in the UK in 1994 it has been responding to customer demand for its quality products at low prices, now with 670 stores nationwide. Lidl UK’s success shows no signs of slowing, as the latest Kantar Worldpanel results* highlighted the supermarket as the fastest growing in the UK with sales up 19.2% year on year and a market share high of 5.3%.