Lidl announces £70m iPort distribution centre

01/12/2016

Multi-million pound distribution centre to become supermarket’s 13th warehouse in the UK

It was announced today that Lidl is set to open another brand new distribution centre in Doncaster, becoming the latest household name to join iPort, Verdion’s £500 million multi-modal logistics development.

The announcement of the new £70 million warehouse marks another milestone in the supermarket’s ongoing expansion plans within the UK, and follows the opening of Lidl’s newest regional distribution centre in Southampton earlier this month, which has created more than 400 new jobs.

The supermarket will occupy 628,000 sq ft (58,400 sq m) of logistics space with additional ancillary areas, on a 35-acre (14 hectare) plot within Phase One of the 6 million sq ft (557,400 sq m) logistics scheme, bringing 500 permanent jobs to the region.

Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK’s Head of Warehouse Expansion, commented: “With more British customers choosing Lidl as their family supermarket we are laser-focused  on the sustainable growth of our business. We are, therefore, thrilled to be in a position to confirm our 13th distribution centre in Great Britain, bringing investment to Doncaster, new jobs and additional support to our existing and future stores in the north of England.”

Michael Hughes, CEO of Verdion, comments: “We are delighted to announce this significant signing to another well-known name at iPort. Lidl is a strong operator with great confidence in the region, bringing with it many new job opportunities for Doncaster and the surrounding areas.”

Lidl will join Fellowes, Amazon and CEVA who have also taken space at iPort within Phase One. Over 2 million sq ft (185,800 sq m) has now been committed.

The supermarket, which opened its first British based RDC in 1994, currently has warehouses in ten other locations up and down the country, including Northfleet, Enfield, Belvedere, Livingston, Weston-Super-Mare, Lutterworth, Newton Aycliffe, Runcorn, Bridgend and Southampton.

Earlier in the year the grocer announced that it would be relocating its warehouses in Weston-Super-Mare and Livingston to Bristol and Eurocentral respectively, as well as opening two new warehouses in Wednesbury and Exeter as well as expanding its RDCs in Newton Aycliffe and Runcorn.

A planning application for Lidl’s new warehouse and office space has been submitted, with construction anticipated to commence in 2017.

As well as the 565,000 sq ft (52,489 sq m) of speculative development announced recently by Verdion, the scheme offers design and build warehouse/logistics units from 50,000 (4,645 sq m) to 1 million sq ft (92,900 sq m).

Verdion is developing iPort on a 337-acre (136 hectare) site in Doncaster. The site is linked with Junction 3 of the M18 via the Great Yorkshire Way.

Gent Visick, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield are letting agents for iPort.

Colliers International acted for Lidl.

For more information visit www.iportuk.com.

About Lidl UK GmbH:

Since establishing itself in the UK in 1994, Lidl has grown consistently and today has over 640 stores in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl has experienced continue growth with over 6 million British shoppers now flocking to the supermarket each week, half a million more, per week, than in 2015. The family supermarket takes pride in providing top quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout the country from Kirk-wall to the Isle of Wight. Regular world food themes give customers a chance to excite their taste buds with a range of produce from all over the world including the South of France, Italy, Poland and Cornwall and in recent years Lidl’s seasonal wine collection has been embraced by the British public, enabling households up and down the country to buy premium wines at incredible value. Whilst its roots may be in Germany, Lidl UK is passionate about working with British producers and two thirds of its products are sourced from the UK. In addition to food, Lidl also has bi-weekly special offer promotions on products ranging from cycling gear to hiking accessories, kitchen gadgets to BBQs. These offers change on a Thursday and a Sunday and are subject to availability. For more information and a convenient store locator, please visit www.lidl.co.uk.