Lidl GB has today confirmed the purchase of a 25 acre site in Belvedere, adjacent to its existing warehouse on Fishers Way.
The land will enable the supermarket to develop a 40,000 sq m unit, which will operate alongside its current 29,000 sq m distribution centre, almost doubling its capacity.
Ingo Fischer, Chief Development Officer for Lidl GB, said: "In addition to opening new warehouses, we have a development programme in place to strengthen our existing operations. This will ensure that we are able to provide continued support to our current store network, whilst putting the infrastructure in place for future growth. In the last year we have opened our new distribution centres in Avonmouth and Doncaster, and are at the final stages of construction on our new distribution centre for Scotland."
The distribution centre currently employs 332 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 vital support to a growing network of 44 stores across the south of London.
Belvedere is one of 13 Lidl distribution centres operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The discounter recently opened a brand new distribution centre in Doncaster, which is part of a long expansion pipeline including four new warehouses in Bolton, Peterborough, Luton, Leeds, a new regional distribution centre for Scotland, and a new London HQ in Tolworth.