Lidl has unveiled the latest phase in its UK growth with the creation of 5000 jobs in London and a new £170 million UK headquarters.
The budget grocery chain said the new jobs were part of plans to open almost 250 new stores across London as part of its three-year £1.5 billion UK investment plan.
The German supermarket chain also obtained planning permission for a new 240,000 sq ft head office in Tolworth, south west London, where it will move 450 staff from Wimbledon.
“Our new headquarters not only signify an investment in our own infrastructure and workforce, but also highlight our wider investment ambitions within London as Lidl UK continues to experience incredible growth,” Lidl UK board director Ingo Fischer said.
The company currently employs 19,000 in the UK and recently confirmed its commitment to continue expanding its UK operations regardless of Brexit.
Lidl recently opened a distribution centre in Southampton and has committed to open warehouses in Wednesbury, Exeter and Doncaster, as well as doubling the number of British stores to 1500.