// Lidl to expand its warehouse operations in Wales
// Grocer confirms purchase of land adjacent to its warehouse in Bridgend
// Lidl now plans to extend its distribution centre to over 387,500sq ft, providing new jobs once completed
Lidl has announced plans to expand its warehouse operations in Wales to further support its growing network of stores in the home country.
The British arm of the German discount grocer confirmed the purchase of land adjacent to its warehouse in Bridgend.
The land will enable the supermarket to extend its distribution centre to over 387,500sq ft, significantly increasing its capacity to support Lidl’s growth in Wales, where it currently has 58 stores.
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The current distribution centre employs 233 people across a variety of different roles and departments, and Lidl said the expansion plans provide “capacity to increase the workforce further in the future”.
“We first opened our warehouse here in Bridgend in 2004, servicing Lidl stores across Wales,” Lidl GB regional director Simon Hedderman said.
“In this time we have experienced considerable growth, with more customers shopping in our stores than ever before.
“In addition to providing new state-of-the-art facilities for our colleagues, the extension will enable us to expand and strengthen our operations across Wales, whilst creating even more job opportunities to support the local community.”
Lidl GB chief development officer Ingo Fischer said: “As part of our expansion plans and to support our store growth, we have been working hard to strengthen our infrastructure, through the opening of new warehouses and the development of existing operations.
“The expansion of our Bridgend distribution centre will ensure that we are able to provide continued support to our current store network in Wales, whilst paving the way for future growth.”
Bridgend is one of 13 Lidl distribution centres operating across Great Britain.
The retailer recently opened a brand new distribution centre in Eurocentral, Scotland, replacing its existing warehouse in Livingston.
This followed the opening of a new warehouse in Doncaster and is part of an expansion pipeline including four new warehouses in Bolton, Peterborough, Luton and Leeds, along with a new London HQ in Tolworth.