// Lidl unveils plans to further expand its UK store portfolio and create 4000 new jobs
// It today said it is on track to reach 1000 shops by the end of 2023 and wants to reach 1100 branches by December 2025
Lidl GB has announced it will be creating 4,000 new jobs across the country with a new store target of 1,100 stores by the end of 2025.
The supermarket had previously said that it remains on track to reach 1,000 stores by the end of 2023.
The additional 100 new stores will be located across England, Scotland and Wales and will feature solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.
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Sites of particular interest will include town centres, retail parks and urban centres.
During the year it was classified as an ‘essential’ retailer and allowed to stay open during lockdowns.
Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic the retailer recorded a £25.2 million pre-tax loss after heavy investments into the business.
Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: “Our new store target today marks a significant investment for the business. We remain committed to our bricks and mortar strategy and maintaining our store opening pace; roughly a store a week for the next four years.
“We will continue to bring our offer of great quality products at unbeatable value to even more communities across the country. I am also looking forward to welcoming even more colleagues to the Lidl GB team.”