// Lidl creates 400 new jobs with its latest distribution centre in Doncaster
// The warehouse is Lidl’s 13th in the UK
Lidl has created 400 new jobs with the opening of its latest regional distribution centre in Doncaster.
The warehouse is the grocer’s 13th in the UK and at 624,307sq ft, it is the largest in size.
It also represents a £70 million investment in Lidl’s expansion and logistics.
The warehouse will service 53 Lidl stores across South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and the Midlands, with the numbers expected to increase.
Lidl has already opened three new warehouses in the last two years and now plans to open a further four by 2025.
“We’re extremely excited to mark the start of the year with the opening of our Doncaster distribution centre, which plays an essential role in enabling us to meet growing customer demand for Lidl products,” Doncaster regional director Tsvetelina Butrakova said.
“The centre also underlines our commitment to creating more job opportunities, and I am so incredibly proud of the team that we have here in Doncaster and across our stores, whose hard work and dedication has enabled us to get where we are today”.
Warehouse employees will also receive an increase in pay, after Lidl announced it would once again match the voluntary living wage rate, as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
The new salaries of £9 per hour, increased from £8.75, will come into effect from March 1 and will be 10 per cent higher than the government’s national living wage.