Lidl GB today announces its 900th store in the UK, which opens its doors for the first time tomorrow.
Located on Edge Lane near Liverpool city centre, the discounter’s 900th store has created 40 new jobs for the region and joins five other stores opening in January, which will collectively create nearly 250 new jobs. Additional store openings include two new London stores in Heston and St Mary Cray, Shipley, Merry Hill and Newcastle.
Employees working in the new Liverpool store will benefit from Lidl’s hourly wage of £10.10 per hour from 1st March, which is higher than the Government’s “National Living Wage“, making them amongst the highest paid in the supermarket sector.
The supermarket continues to expand at pace, having opened over 50 new stores in the last 12 months alone, contributing to its target of 1,100 stores by the end of 2025 in Great Britain. The discounter was recently crowned the fastest growing bricks and mortar retailer over the Christmas period for the second year running, with sales growing +2.6% YoY and +21% on a two-year basis.
Lidl GB Chief Executive Officer Christian Härtnagel, who will soon be handing over to new CEO Ryan McDonnell, said, “As my time at Lidl GB comes to an end, I have been reflecting on our achievements over the past five years.
'Since my appointment in 2016, we have opened over 240 stores and seven distribution centres, creating thousands of new jobs for the UK economy. The opening of our 900th store reiterates our ambitious plans and commitment to Great Britain, and we remain on track to open 1,100 stores by the end of 2025.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Lidl colleagues for their hard work and dedication, particularly given the challenging context of the past two years. As our expansion continues at pace, we look forward to opening our doors to more communities up and down the country in the coming months and years and guaranteeing high quality at the lowest prices for even more families.”
As part of its ongoing plans, Lidl has committed to investing £1.3bn in its store expansion over 2021 and 2022. All new stores will also benefit from the discounter’s surplus food donation programme, Feed It Back, in partnership with Neighbourly, which donated 2.7million meals to local good causes in 2020 and 5.5 million in 2021.