Supermarket chain Lidl reached its 800th store milestone after opening four new shops on Thursday, including one in Lincolnshire.
The new stores located in Boston, Cambridge, London and Dumbarton created around 160 new jobs. Up to 40 of those jobs are in Boston.
Lidl is expanding at pace after opening 16 new shops across January and February. The retailer is aiming to reach a target of 1,000 stores in the UK by the end of 2023.
Lidl GB chief executive officer Christian Härtnagel said: “We’re excited to have reached this milestone, which simply means that we’re bringing affordable, high-quality food to even more households across Britain.
“I’m proud of our fantastic teams, from our colleagues working on the shop floor to our colleagues in the warehouse and across our offices, who have driven our expansion efforts around the country. We’re looking forward to opening our doors to even more communities this year and into this new decade where we see so much potential for further growth.”
Lidl’s expansion is matched by continued strong sales growth. The most recent set of Kantar data shows that the supermarket is the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK, with gross sales growing 11.1% year-on-year*.
About Lidl GB
Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has experienced continuous growth and today has over 24,500 employees, 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. As part of the Schwarz retail group, Lidl is one of Europe’s leading organisations in the retail industry. With a presence in 32 countries around the world, the supermarket, which has more than 287,000 employees globally, currently operates approximately 10,800 stores and more than 160 distribution centres in 29 countries globally.