Lidl has opened its 800th store in Great Britain today (20 February) and has pledged to invest over £1bn in store expansion over 2021 and 2022.
The new milestone comes as the discounter will open stores in four new locations up and down the country, including Cambridge, London, Boston and Dumbarton. This will be followed by a further six new stores next week. The new openings mean Lidl has now opened 50 new stores in the past 12 months alone.
The supermarket continues to expand at pace, having opened a total of 16 new stores across January and February, contributing to its target of 1,000 stores by the end of 2023 in Great Britain. The retailer also recently marked the opening of its 100th store in Scotland and is due to open its 100th store in London this year.
As part of its ongoing plans, Lidl has committed to investing £1.3bn in its store expansion over 2021 and 2022. This follows the bolstering of its logistics capabilities, which included the opening and expansion of six warehouses over the last four years, to continue to support its growing store network.
Lidl GB CEO, Christian Härtnagel, said: “We’re excited to have reached this milestone, which simply means that we’re bringing affordable, high quality food to even more households across Britain.
“I’m proud of our fantastic teams, from our colleagues working on the shop floor to our colleagues in the warehouse and across our offices, who have driven our expansion efforts around the country. We’re looking forward to opening our doors to even more communities this year and into this new decade where we see so much potential for further growth.”