Lidl is planning on opening 25 new stores in the UK by the end of the year, creating 1,000 more jobs.
The proposals will also see the retailer invest £1.3billion in the UK for 2021 and 2022 – seeing another 100 stores created across Britain and 4,000 new jobs.
In total, Lidl intends to open 1,000 new UK branches by the end of 2023, boosting job hopes amid the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the 25 stores will open in Selhurst, Harrow Weald, Coleford and Llandudno Junction.
Workers at the new stores will earn a minimum of £9.30 per hour outside of London and £10.75 within the M25, which is higher than the Government’s National Living Wage.
Lidl is to invest £1.3billion in the UK for 2021 and 2022 – seeing another 100 stores created across Britain and 4,000 new jobs
The announcement follows the publication of Lidl’s site requirements brochure, detailing all the areas it is looking at for new stores across Great Britain, which includes locations such as Winchester, Didsbury and Cardiff City Centre.
The supermarket has also created more than 2,500 temporary jobs, to support existing teams during lockdown.
Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said: ‘It is testament to the continued hard work of our colleagues that we are able to continue forging ahead with our expansion plans, despite the challenging circumstances that have been faced over the past months.
‘I am incredibly grateful to all Lidl teams for their unwavering commitment to keeping the nation fed, and we very much look forward to welcoming more people into the Lidl family in the weeks and months ahead.
Some of the 25 stores will open in Selhurst, Harrow Weald, Coleford and Llandudno Junction
‘With new Lidl stores opening every month, we are offering more communities the opportunity to shop for our great quality products at Lidl prices.
‘Families up and down the country rely on Lidl for affordable, high quality groceries.’
It comes as Lidl was officially named the cheapest UK supermarket in June, according to the latest Which? analysis.
The supermarket was awarded the accolade after Which? compared prices for a trolley of 78 items throughout June, including groceries and household essentials.
On average, Lidl customers would have paid £72.02 for the 78 items, which included own-brand products such as pasta, olive oil and salad tomatoes, as well as branded goods.
Ryan McDonnell, Chief Commercial Officer at Lidl GB, said, ‘At Lidl, we simply won’t be beaten on price – so we’re delighted that Which?’s analysis proves that. We know that families across the country are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their finances, so now more than ever, we’re committed to offering the best quality and value to our customers.’