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Lidl to create 500 new jobs in Doncaster

Set to create 500 new jobs

German budget supermarket Lidl has unveiled plans to create 500 jobs by building a new warehouse in Doncaster.

Construction of the £70 million distribution centre is set to start next year as the grocer presses ahead with a major expansion across the country.

The firm has lodged a planning application to build the warehouse at the iPort logistics park on the fringes of the town.

It follows hot on the heels of its announcement last month that it would recruit more than 400 staff to man a new £55 million warehouse in Southampton.

The firm plans to seize a greater share of the UK grocery market over the next three years by investing £1.5 billion into new warehouses and stores.

Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK's head of warehouse expansion, said the grocer was "laser focused" on the sustainable growth of its business.

Lidl and its fellow German discount chain Aldi have shaken up the UK grocery sector and sparked a bitter supermarket price war by stealing market share from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

Lidl's sales grew 6.1% over the quarter to November 6, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.