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Lidl to create 500 jobs at new Leeds warehouse

New warehouse will bring 500 new jobs Credit: PA

The supermarket Lidl has unveiled plans for a new warehouse in Leeds, creating 500 jobs.

The German-owned grocery chain has confirmed that it has purchased a 38 acre site in Gildersome to be used as a regional distribution centre.

It represents Lidl's seventeenth in Great Britain, and is set to be approximately 60,000 square metres.

Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK's head of expansion and development, said it was the latest warehouse set to open over the next seven years.

As we continue to open new stores and serve more customers across the country, it's important that we also continue to build foundations for the future.

This latest investment joins a long line of Lidl warehouses set to open over the next seven years, which are all vital in supporting our growth.

– Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK's head of expansion and development

The Gildersome site will follow the construction of new warehouses in Doncaster, Bolton, Peterborough and Luton as Lidl ramps up expansion.

Lidl said the new warehouse is part of wider expansion plans that will see it invest £1.45 billion in its national operations between 2017 and 2018.

The expansion will help Lidl solidify its standing as one of the UK's fastest-growing supermarket, increasing the pressure on Britain's Big Four - Leeds based Asda, Bradford based Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco.

Alongside national peer Aldi, the two retailers now account for almost £1 in every £8 spent in Britain's supermarkets, up from £1 in £25 a decade ago.