Belfast Telegraph

Lidl to create jobs 600 in Ireland with 50 new stores

By John Mulligan

German retailer Lidl is to create 600 jobs in the Republic of Ireland over the next two years.

The grocery chain, which has 38 stores in Northern Ireland, said the posts will be added in its stores, head office, its warehouse and distribution operations. It will bring its total workforce here to 4,600.

Lidl, which opened its first outlet in Ireland in 2000, now has 146 stores throughout the Republic. It has an 11.9% share of the grocery market there, and is also continuing to grow its presence in Northern Ireland.

Lidl indicated earlier this year that it plans to add another 40 or 50 stores to its Irish network in coming years. Lidl is also hoping to build what would be its biggest warehouse and distribution centre, at Newbridge in Co Kildare. That project is still in the planning process.

Here, the discounter saw its sales increase by 3.1% in the 52 weeks to July 2016, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Belfast Telegraph