Saturday 10th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Lidl to build 600,000 sq ft DC in Bristol

Lidl UK has purchased a 33-acre site in Avonmouth, near Bristol, where it plans to build a 600,000 sq ft regional distribution centre.

LIDLThe new warehouse is to replace Lidl’s current DC in Weston-Super-Mare, and will be double the size. Lidl has decided to make the move to accommodate the scale of future operations in the region as the company continues with ‘ambitious expansion plans’ in the UK.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for Lidl as our sales performance continues to outperform the market,” said Adrienne Howells, Lidl UK head of warehouse expansion. “We are therefore working hard to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place for us to manage increased customer demand.

The retailer has set out plans for three other new distribution centres to be opened in Exeter, Wednesbury and Southampton over the past year.

“We have big ambitions within the South West of England and our proposed new RDCs, both in Bristol and East Devon, will help to fulfil our expansion plans while continuing to service our existing stores in the regions,” said Howells.

The purchase is part of Lidl’s plans to invest over £1.5billion over the next three years in expanding its store and warehouse portfolio in the UK.