Discounter Lidl’s new warehouse in Leeds in the UK is expected to create around 500 jobs when operational, reports Yorkshire Evening Post.
The company plans to build the 60,000 square metres regional distribution centre on a 38-acre site in Gildersome.
This is Lidl's 17th distribution centre in Great Britain, the paper reported.
The new warehouse is part of the retail giant’s wider expansion plans, which include an investment of £1.45 billion (€1.6 billion) in its UK operations between 2017 and 2018, according to the company.
Lidl UK's board director, Ingo Fischer, said, “This latest investment joins a long line of Lidl warehouses set to open over the next seven years, which are all vital in supporting our growth.”
The company also plans to build new distribution centres in Doncaster, Bolton, Peterborough, and Luton.
A Welcome Move
Leeds City Council’s executive member for employment, Jonathan Pryor, has welcomed the company’s decision to invest in the warehouse.
Pryor said that Lidl provides opportunities to people with different levels of experience, and he hopes to see more of such initiatives in the city.
Lidl opened its first store in the UK in 1994, and now operates more than 720 stores in the UK.
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