Lidl has reached the milestone of 860 stores in the UK and remains on track to have 1,000 stores in its portfolio by the end of 2023.
This is part of Lidl’s £ 1.3 billion investment plans for 2021 and 2022, which include opening 50 new stores this year and creating 2,000 new jobs.
The store has revealed a list of the places it would like to open.
This is because the discounter has published its annual list of desired locations across the country where it is interested in land for potential store development.
The focus this year is particularly on the city center, the edge of the center, retail parks and metropolises.
The list of location requirements comes as Lidl’s branch expansion is progressing rapidly despite the ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic. So far this year, Lidl has opened more than 20 new branches across the country.
The list of preferred locations for new branches is aimed at landowners and property owners with suitable locations who are interested in opportunities with Lidl.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO of Lidl GB, said: “We are calling on developers and landlords across the country to help us find potential locations for the construction of Lidl branches. Despite the challenges of the past year, we achieved our ambitious goal of opening an average of one new store per week across the UK.
“We look forward to opening more stores across the country in the months and years to come and welcoming new colleagues so that more communities have access to quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”
All branches will include the Lidl bakery. All new Lidl stores will have solar panels on the outside to provide the location with renewable energy, in addition to installing charging stations for electric vehicles.
Each new store also becomes part of Lidl’s Feed It Back food redistribution program, in which surplus food is donated through boards or partner organizations to those in local communities who need it most.