Lidl has announced that the main construction of its second logistics centre in Lithuania was completed on 5 April.
The new logistics centre is currently being built in Vilnius, near Lentvaris. It will cover an area of about 64,000 square metres.
At the peak of the project, more than 350 employees of the company and its subcontractors worked on the construction site of the project.
More than 300 new jobs to be created once the facility commences operations in 2024.
Currently, Lidl has one logistics centre in Lithuania in the Kaunas district, in Ramučiai, and also rents several external warehouses.
Just like the current logistics centre near Kaunas, the new building will also feature environmentally-friendly solutions.
The logistics centre will also feature landscaping solutions.
In total, more than 600 trees, 140 hedge seedlings, 1,500 shrub seedlings, and 1,200 perennial herbaceous plants will be planted on the plot.
The retailer plans to install solar panels on the rooftop, which Lidl says will generate enough electricity to meet 25% of the requirements of the logistics centre.
"Work on the new logistics centre, which started in September last year, is progressing smoothly, with the symbolic wreath on the construction site signifying that the major construction work is done and the next phase is about to start," said Marius Kybartas, head of Lidl Lietuva's Central Service.
"The new logistics centre is an important milestone in the company's development, as the number of Lidl stores in Lithuania grows and the company aims to ensure that they are properly stocked and provide customers with the best value for money," Kybartas added.
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