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Lidl calls on developers to ‘help find potential sites’ for new stores

The statement comes as Lidl revealed that it remains ‘on track’ to have 1,000 stores in the UK by the end of 2023

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB is calling on developers and landlords across the UK to “help find potential sites” to build Lidl stores. 

Härtnagel said the request demonstrates the “continued ambition” the discount retailer has to “expand” its store portfolio across the nation.

The statement comes as Lidl revealed that it remains “on track” to have 1,000 stores in the UK by the end of 2023.

The move forms part of Lidl’s £1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022, which includes opening 50 new stores this year, creating 2,000 new jobs.

Furthermore, the group has also published its annual list of “desired locations” where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments. 

Lidl said it is particularly interested in opening locations in town centres, retail parks and metropolitan locations. 

So far this year Lidl has opened more than 20 new stores across the country.

Härtnagel said: “Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.

“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years, so that more communities can access high quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”

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