// Lidl pushes ahead with expansion plans as it plans to open 900th store in the UK
// The latest store will open in Liverpool and create 40 new jobs
Lidl has announced its 900th store in the UK, which opens its doors for the first time tomorrow.
Located on Edge Lane near Liverpool city centre, the discounter’s 900th store has created 40 new jobs for the region and joins five other stores opening in January, which will collectively create nearly 250 new jobs.
Additional store openings include two new London stores in Heston and St Mary Cray, Shipley, Merry Hill and Newcastle.
Employees working in the new Liverpool store will benefit from Lidl’s hourly wage of £10.10 per hour from 1 March, which is higher than the government’s National Living Wage.
Lidl has opened over 50 new stores in the last 12 months alone, contributing to its target of 1100 stores by the end of 2025 in Great Britain.
“Since my appointment in 2016, we have opened over 240 stores and seven distribution centres, creating thousands of new jobs for the UK economy,” Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said.
“The opening of our 900th store reiterates our ambitious plans and commitment to Great Britain, and we remain on track to open 1100 stores by the end of 2025.
“As our expansion continues at pace, we look forward to opening our doors to more communities up and down the country in the coming months and years and guaranteeing high quality at the lowest prices for even more families.”
Lidl said it has committed to investing £1.3 billion in its store expansion over 2022.