Belfast Telegraph

Lidl to create 500 jobs with new £70 million distribution centre in Doncaster

German budget supermarket Lidl has unveiled plans to create 500 jobs by building a new warehouse in Doncaster.

Construction of the £70 million distribution centre is set to start next year as the grocer presses ahead with a major expansion across the country.

It follows hot on the heels of its announcement last month that it would recruit more than 400 staff to man a new £55 million warehouse in Southampton.

The firm plans to seize a greater share of the UK grocery market over the next three years by investing £1.5 billion into new warehouses and stores.

Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK's head of warehouse expansion, said the grocer was "laser focused" on the sustainable growth of its business.

Lidl and its fellow German discount chain Aldi have shaken up the UK grocery sector and sparked a bitter supermarket price war by stealing market share from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

The firm has lodged a planning application to build the warehouse at the iPort logistics park on the fringes of the South Yorkshire market town.

Earlier this year, Lidl said it would relocate warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare and Livingston to Bristol and Eurocentral respectively.

It is also in the midst of opening two new warehouses in Wednesbury and Exeter, while expanding its regional distribution centres in Newton Aycliffe and Runcorn.

Lidl's sales grew 6.1% over the quarter to November 6 , according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

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