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Lidl adds iPort DC to network

Lidl adds iPort DC to network

Lidl is to take 628,000 sq ft at Verdion’s iPort Doncaster as it adds a 13th warehouse to its UK distribution network.

The announcement of the new £70m warehouse marks another milestone in the supermarket’s UK expansion plans, and follows the opening of Lidl’s newest regional distribution centre in Southampton earlier this month.

The supermarket will occupy 628,000 sq ft of logistics space with additional ancillary areas, on a 35-acre (14 hectare) plot within the 6 million sq ft (557,400 sq m) first phase of the £500m iPort scheme.

Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK’s Head of Warehouse Expansion, said: “With more British customers choosing Lidl as their family supermarket we are laser focused on the sustainable growth of our business. We are, therefore, thrilled to be in a position to confirm our 13th distrubution centre in Great Britain, bringing investment to Doncaster, new jobs and additional support to our existing and future stores in the north of England.”

Lidl will join Fellowes, Amazon and CEVA who have also taken space at iPort within Phase One. Over 2 million sq ft (185,800 sq m) has now been committed.

The supermarket, which opened its first British-based RDC in 1994, currently has warehouses in 10 other locations up and down the country, including Northfleet, Enfield, Belvedere, Livingston, Weston-Super-Mare, Lutterworth, Newton Aycliffe, Runcorn, Bridgend and Southampton.

Earlier in the year the grocer announced that it would be relocating its warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare and Livingston to Bristol and Eurocentral respectively, as well as opening two new warehouses in Wednesbury and Exeter as well as expanding its RDCs in Newton Aycliffe and Runcorn.

A Planning Application for Lidl’s new warehouse and office space has been submitted, with construction anticipated to commence in 2017.

Verdion is developing the scheme on a 337-acre (136 hectare) site in Rossington, Doncaster. The site is linked with Junction 3 of the M18 via the Great Yorkshire Way.

Gent Visick, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield are letting agents for iPort.

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