lidl warehouse wednesbury

Lidl’s warehouse near Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, which opened last year

Lidl is gearing up to open its largest UK regional distribution centre after exchanging contracts on a 58-acre site in Luton.

Up to 1,000 jobs will be created at the 1,000,000 sq ft depot, which will be double the size of any of its other warehouses in the UK.

The new RDC - the 16th in the UK for the German discounter and its fourth in Greater London - will service London stores and comes as the retailer prepares to open shops in Shepherd’s Bush, Walthamstow Central, South Ruislip, Hornchurch and Rosehill over the next two months.

“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,” said Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK board director for expansion and development.

“With five new stores opening in the next two months alone, and further store expansion and development plans in place for the Greater 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.”

The new distribution centre follows the opening of two new RDCs in Exeter and Wednesbury in 2017, and the announcement of a further three new warehouses in Doncaster, Bolton and Peterborough.

Construction has also begun on two new warehouses in Avonmouth and Eurocentral, Scotland, which will replace its existing warehouses in Weston-super-Mare and Livingston respectively.

The Luton move forms part of Lidl UK’s £1.45bn expansion investment in Great Britain in 2017-18.