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Lidl To Till Up 1,000 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK Before End Of 2020

15 Jul 2020

Lidl To Till Up 1,000 New Supermarket Jobs In The UK Before End Of 2020

German discount retailer Lidl has announced plans to recruit 1,000 new supermarket staff in the UK before the end of 2020.

Lidl has expansion plans which will see the chain open an average of one new supermarket each week of this year, creating 25 new stores before the end of the year.

With an average of 40 new jobs coming with each store opening, Lidl says the expansion drive will create around 1,000 new full or part time jobs this year.

The German company plans to continue the same expansion rate throughout 2021 and 2022, opening around 50 new stores each year and creating a total of 5,000 UK jobs over the next 30 months.

The store expansion plan is costing an investment of £1.3 billion over the next few years as Lidl aims to reach more shoppers in more UK towns and cities nationwide.

Lidl’s aim is to hit the milestone of 1,000 supermarkets in the UK by the end of 2023, and the company looks on track to meet its target even after the pandemic set them back.

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, Lidl created 2,500 temporary vacancies to help meet increased demand from customers.

Announcing the ongoing recruitment drive, Christian Härtnagel, the chief executive officer of Lidl in the UK, said: “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.”

“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.”

“Families up and down the country rely on Lidl for affordable, high quality groceries. With the pandemic affecting household finances, our mission to offer value to as many people as possible is more important than ever and is why we remain committed to our store opening programme.”

“With new Lidl stores opening every month, we are offering more communities the opportunity to shop for our great quality products at Lidl prices,” added Mr Härtnagel.

You can find out more about working for the German retailer by visiting our company profile for Lidl. There are also thousands more vacancies at Lidl’s competitors in the UK - and you can learn all about those in our guide to supermarket jobs for students.

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