Lidl to open 12 new stores creating 500 jobs – but all in one region

While most of the high street struggles, Lidl is thriving with plans just announced for a dozen more stores

Discount supermarket chain Lidl has announced it is to open 12 new Scottish stores in a move, creating around 500 jobs.

There are already 98 branches of the chain across Scotland, with construction already under way on sites in Dumbarton, Dundee, East Kilbride, Cowdenbeath and Larkhall.ADVERTENTIE

Its most recent store opened in Paisley while existing shops in Alloa and Bathgate will be relocated as part of the firm’s regeneration programme.

Lidl also hopes to have a new regional distribution centre at Eurocentral, North Lanarkshire, fully operational by November – replacing the existing warehouse in Livingston.

Ross Millar, Lidl’s regional director for Scotland, said: “Since opening our very first store in Scotland 25 years ago, we’ve opened our doors to towns and cities across the country, employing more than 2,200 people.

“We’re incredibly excited by our ambitious growth plans, and in particular the opening of our 100th store next year, which reinforces our commitment to creating new jobs and providing communities with quality produce at prices that are affordable for everyone.”

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  • Lidl reveals plans to open first central London store – and 39 more branches

Eslwhere in the UK Lidl is planning 40 more stores, the company said in June, taking the total to 760 across the UK.

Lidl opened its first stores in Great Britain in 1994 and has grown to employ more than 22,500 people nationwide.

As well as 760 stores, it operated 13 warehouses across the country.

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Last month Lidl has announced plans to open its first central London store in a move that will pave the way for 39 more branches.

Lidl’s first ‘zone one’ store will be in Fitzrovia, on Tottenham Court Road, near Warren Street tube station. It will include a 1,300m² sales area and will stock a full range of products, including the discounter’s popular bakery lines.

Between now and 2024, this will be followed by 39 more stores, including in Alperton, East Acton, Hackbridge and Watford.

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