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Food giant Lidl is opening its largest UK distribution centre to date

The discount grocer has signed up for a 628,000 sq ft design and build option at Verdions iPort scheme in Doncaster.

The latest deal will be key to the German supermarkets rapid expansion plans, becoming the stores 13th distribution centre in the UK.

iPort comprises a 337-acre greenfield development in Doncaster, with outlined planning consent in place for 6,000,000 sq ft of logistics space. The project will also incorporate a dedicated strategic rail freight terminal.

Lidl signed the deal with Verdion, to occupy the monstrous space within phase one of the £500 million pound iPort scheme. This multi-modal base is the perfect location within the region, to balance out the opening of their most recent unit in Southampton earlier this month.

Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK’s Head of Warehouse Expansion comments; “with more British customers choosing Lidl as their family supermarket, we are laser focused on the sustainable growth of our business”. She goes on to say “we are thrilled to be in a position to confirm our 13th distribution centre in Great Britain, bringing investment to Doncaster, new jobs and additional support to our existing and future stores in the north of England”.

Lidl will join Amazon who have signed up for 1.3 million sq ft space with the scheme, as well as Fellowes and CEVA Logistics. Taking the total space committed to over 2.2 million sq ft.

Lidl is a strong, well known operator, making a huge dent in the realm of discount grocery shopping. The move follows Lidl’s announcement last year that it would be investing more than £1.5 billion pounds over the next three years, as it continues to expand its store and warehouse portfolio to accommodate the company’s speedy growth in the UK market.

There is no doubt that this scheme will bring an abundance of new job opportunities to Doncaster and the surrounding areas, and other future opportunities for development.

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