1. ITV Report

Lidl announces plans to create 1,000 new jobs

One thousand new jobs are set to be created after supermarket chain Lidl announced plans for a new distribution warehouse in Luton.

They say their investment underlines the 'scale' of its expansion plans. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

The five-acre site will be the company’s largest in the UK, at double the size of any other in the country. It comes just months after news they would also be creating a similar site in Peterborough, creating 500 jobs.

It is part of what they call a “£1.45 billion expansion investment” aimed at adding to 690 Lidl stores already countrywide.

The German grocery chain first opened its doors in the UK in 1994. This site is specifically aimed at allowing more growth in London.

As more London households choose to shop at Lidl we are committed to the continued investment in our operations and infrastructure to support our growth.

With five new stores opening in the next two months alone, and further store expansion and development plans in place for theGreater London area across the new financial year and beyond, this new warehouse is vital in supporting our ambitious expansion plans in and around the M25.

– Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK Board Director for Expansion and Development