Lidl is set to open five new London stores and build its largest UK warehouse to date, PA reports.
The German-owned grocery chain said the new London sites – located in Shepherd’s Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill – will open within the next two months, though the launch date for its new warehouse has yet to be set.
The company has exchanged contracts for a 58-acre Luton site with consortium Houghton Regis Management, and is now planning for a one million square foot warehouse that will be Lidl’s largest in the UK and double the size of any of its distribution centres in Britain.
Once completed, the warehouse will be the supermarket’s fourth for Greater London and create up to 1,000 new jobs.
Lidl UK said the plans highlighted “the scale of the supermarket’s ambitious expansion plans in London”.
David Skinner, managing director of UK real estate at Aviva Investors – which forms part of the Houghton Regis consortium – said: “We are delighted to have secured Lidl as an owner occupier on this important strategic land site.
“The wider consented scheme has consent for over 5,000 homes and, following the recent opening of the new M1 motorway junction, we intend to commence development in early 2019.”
Plans for the new warehouse form part of Lidl UK’s £1.45bn investment, which has been earmarked for expansion plans in the UK between 2017 and 2018.