// Lidl’s new £70m regional distribution centre in Peterborough will open August 1, employing 400 people
// The new warehouse forms part of Lidl’s £1.45bn investment in Great Britain across 2019 and 2020
// The opening follows news that Lidl plans to open 100 new stores across 2021 and 2022
Lidl has announced that it will start operations at its new £70 million warehouse in Peterborough from tomorrow.
The new 484,376sq ft regional distribution centre, which employs 400 people with plans to recruit a further 50 this year, will initially serve 48 stores and use a natural refrigerant system along with solar panels to generate 10 per cent of the building’s total electricity.
The warehouse also forms part of Lidl’s commitment to invest £1.45 billionn in Great Britain across 2019 and 2020.
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Although designed to replace an existing smaller warehouse at Lutterworth, the latter will continue to operate as a non-food warehouse.
Lidl said the new warehouse “will open on schedule”, despite the impact of Covid-19 on the wider economy and there are plans for new distribution centres in Luton and Bolton, along with expansions of existing warehouses in Belvedere and Bridgend.
The opening at Peterborough also follows recent news that Lidl plans to open 100 new stores across Great Britain throughout 2021 and 2022.
“As a supermarket it has been our priority over the past months to ensure that the communities we serve continue to have access to much needed food supplies and essentials,” Lidl GB chief operations officer Matthew Heslop said.
“This is very much still our focus, and with the addition of our new Peterborough distribution centre, we are further strengthening our logistics and operations to ensure that we can continue to serve as many customers as possible with quality food at Lidl prices.”
Lidl Peterborough regional director Stephen Hutchinson said: “I am immensely proud of all of our colleagues that have worked tirelessly to ensure this warehouse can open on time.
“Keeping on track with the build, and the preparations to go operational under these exceptional circumstances, has only been possible because of their hard work and we are incredibly grateful to everyone that has been involved.”