// Lidl to open 12 new stores and create 500 jobs in Scotland
// Lidl currently has 98 stores in Scotland
// Lidl also hopes to have a new distribution centre at North Lanarkshire opened by November – replacing the existing Livingston warehouse
Lidl is set create 500 jobs in Scotland amid plans to open 12 new stores in the country.
The German discount grocer already has 98 shops across Scotland, with construction already under way on sites in Dumbarton, Dundee, East Kilbride, Cowdenbeath and Larkhall.
Its most recent store opened in Paisley while existing shops in Alloa and Bathgate will be relocated as part of the retailer’s regeneration programme.
Lidl is also aiming to have a new regional distribution centre at Eurocentral, North Lanarkshire, fully operational by November. This would replace the existing warehouse in Livingston.
“Since opening our very first store in Scotland 25 years ago, we’ve opened our doors to towns and cities across the country, employing more than 2200 people,” Lidl regional director Ross Millar said.
“We’re incredibly excited by our ambitious growth plans, and in particular the opening of our 100th store next year, which reinforces our commitment to creating new jobs and providing communities with quality produce at prices that are affordable for everyone.”
The news comes a month after Lidl revealed plans to invest £500 million for an expansion program in London over the next five years, which includes the first ever central London store on Tottenham Court Road.
The investment scheme is expected to create around 1500 new jobs in the capital.