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Lidl supermarket chain opens new warehouse in Exeter

The supermarket chain, Lidl, has opened a 50,000 square metre distribution centre in Exeter today, 10 November.

The warehouse, which is Lidl’s 12th one in the UK, has led to the creation of 500 new jobs.

It is based at the city's Gateway Business Park and will service 51 stores across the South West.

The supermarket is expected to distribute 40,000 turkeys, 1,500,000 mince pies and 100,000 bottles of Prosecco to the South West during the 2017 Christmas period.

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Wales and West Utilities says gas restored to homes in Exeter

The IKEA site on the A379 where a gas pipe was damaged during works. Credit: ITV West Country

Wales and West Utilities says gas has been restored to most homes in Exeter after contractors caused damage last night.

Darryl Goddard, Wales & West Utilities Area Engineering Manager for South West England said:

“The repair is now complete and the majority of the homes affected are now back on gas. At homes where the residents are away, we have left a card with information on how to contact us so we can turn their gas back on safely when they return.

“This was a very complex job and we would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we repaired the damage caused to the gas network by contractors working in the area.

“Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving the south west of England and Wales."

Wales and West Utilities 'still not yet able to say' how long it will take to restore gas to part of Exeter.

The IKEA site on the A379 where a gas pipe was damaged during works. Credit: ITV West Country

Wales and West Utilities says it is "still not yet able to say" how long it will take to restore gas to part of Exeter after contractors caused damage.

Darryl Goddard, Wales & West Utilities Area Engineering Manager for South West England says “We would like to thank local people for their patience while we repair the damage caused to the gas network by contractors working in the area.”

Mr Goddard has also given an update on progress in restoring the gas supply.

“We have now visited 90% of affected homes to turn their gas off and are making good progress in repairing the damage to the pipe.

"We will need to visit every customer again to safely turn their gas back on. All our engineers are carrying identification.

“This is a very complex job we are still not yet able to say how long it will take. We have more than 50 engineers working round the clock to get the gas flowing again as safely and as quickly as possible.

“We are giving vulnerable customers in the area alternative heating and cooking facilities if required. If anyone needs assistance or knows of a neighbour who may, contact us on 0800 912 2999."

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