Lidl started operations officially at its new distribution centre (DC) in Peterborough on the first day of August.
45,000 square metres, £70 million
The £70 million new facility, based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, spans 45,000 square metres, and employs 400 people (with an additional 50 to be recruited this year). It is set to become a new major hub of fresh produce. The new site replaces an existing smaller DC at Lutterworth which will continue to operate as a non-food hub.
Located near the A1 motorway, the new DC will serve 48 stores and will use a natural refrigerant system that heats and cools the entire building. In addition, the facility is equipped with solar panels that will generate 10% of the total electricity required by the building.
The new DC forms part of Lidl’s plan to invest £1.34bn into the UK in 2019 and 2020, with other new DC’s planned in Luton and Bolton, in addition to expanding existing warehouses in Belvedere and Bridgend.
“Strengthening our logistics and operations”
Lidl GB chief operations officer Matthew Heslop commented: “As a supermarket it has been our priority over the past months to ensure that the communities we serve continue to have access to much needed food supplies and essentials. This is very much still our focus, and with the addition of our new Peterborough distribution centre, we are further strengthening our logistics and operations to ensure that we can continue to serve as many customers as possible with quality food at Lidl prices.”
Meanwhile, Lidl’s regional director for Peterborough, Stephen Hutchinson, said: “I am immensely proud of all of our colleagues that have worked tirelessly to ensure this warehouse can open on time. Keeping on track with the build, and the preparations to go operational under these exceptional circumstances, has only been possible because of their hard work and we are incredibly grateful to everyone that has been involved.”