The 92,903m2 warehouse will be Lidl’s largest regional distribution centre (RDC) in the UK at double the size of any other sites and will be its fourth to serve the Greater London Area.
The RDC will manage the supply and distribution of food and non-food products to Lidl stores in and around the M25, along with the supermarket’s other London warehouses.
Commenting on the new site, Lidl UK board director for expansion and development said: “As more London households choose to shop at Lidl we are committed to the continued investment in our operations and infrastructure to support our growth.
‘Supporting our ambitious expansion’
“With five new stores opening in the next two months alone, and further store expansion and development plans in place for the Greater London area across the new financial year and beyond, this new warehouse is vital in supporting our ambitious expansion plans in and around the M25.”
The new distribution centre followed the opening of two new sites in Exeter and Wednesbury in 2017 and the announcement of a further three new warehouses in Doncaster, Bolton and Peterborough.
Construction has also begun on two new warehouses in Avonmouth and Eurocentral, Scotland, which will replace its existing warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare and Livingston respectively.
The Eurocentral site supports the supermarket’s 92 stores in Scotland, as well as creating more local job opportunities and allows for further expansion and investment.
Creating more local jobs
Established in the UK in 1994, Lidl has 650 stores and 16 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. It has more than 20,000 employees.
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