Lidl UK has officially started operations from its new Regional Distribution Centre in Exeter.
This £55 million investment has created around 500 jobs and will service 40 stores across the region.
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The new, 50,000 m² hub in the Exeter Gateway business park close to Junction 29 of M5 comes as part of Lidl’s wider investment and modernisation programme across the South West. Lidl was given planning approval in June last year after Sainsbury's scrapped a plan to build a depot there.
Lidl says it has ambitious expansion plans across the UK, with an investment aim of £1.45bn by 2019. Regional Distribution Centres will make up a significant part of this objective, with this latest RDC opening becoming the 12th in the Lidl portfolio.