Lidl has announced plans to build its biggest warehouse in the UK yet, which will create 1000 new jobs and service stores across Greater London.
The news comes after the German grocery chain exchanged contracts with the Houghton Regis Management Co on a 58-acre site in Luton.
The new regional distribution centre, which will be approximately 1 million sq ft, will be double the size of any of Lidl’s other UK warehouses.
The new warehouse will be the fourth to service Greater London and Lidl’s 16th overall in the country.
It also forms part of the retailer’s ambitious expansion plans in UK, which includes £1.45 billion worth of investment between 2017 and 2018.
Lidl is also set to open five new London stores in Shepherds Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill in the next two months.
The announcement of the new Luton warehouse follows the official opening of three new distribution centre in past 18 months as well as plans for a further three new warehouses.
“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,” Lidl UK board director for expansion Ingo Fischer said.
“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.”