Lidl GB confirmed the purchase of land adjacent to its warehouse in Bridgend, which will enable the supermarket to extend its distribution centre to more than 36,000 sq metres, which will significantly increase its capacity.
"In addition to providing new state-of-the-art facilities for our colleagues, the extension will enable us to expand and strengthen our operations across Wales, whilst creating even more job opportunities to support the local community,” said Simon Hedderman, Regional Director at Lidl GB, which first opened its warehouse in Bridgend in 2004.
The distribution centre currently employs 233 people across a variety of different roles and departments, including Logistics, Supply Chain, Property and Administration, with expansion plans providing capacity to increase the workforce further in the future. The teams provide support to a growing network of 58 stores in Wales.
"As part of our expansion plans and to support our store growth, we have been working hard to strengthen our infrastructure, through the opening of new warehouses and the development of existing operations," said Ingo Fischer, Chief Development Officer for Lidl GB.
Bridgend is one of 13 Lidl distribution centres operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The discounter recently opened its brand new distribution centre in Eurocentral, Scotland, replacing its existing warehouse in Livingston. This comes after the opening of a new warehouse in Doncaster and is part of a long expansion pipeline including four new warehouses in Bolton, Peterborough, Luton and Leeds, along with a new London HQ in Tolworth.