Original article from Kent Live
Lidl has confirmed a list of 37 new stores it hopes to build across Kent.
It comes as part of an aggressive expansion policy by the German supermarket chain, which hopes to have 1,000 stores across the UK within two years.
Lidl currently has 860 stores in Great Britain, and remains on track to meet their target of 1,000 by the end of 2023.
This 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.
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The supermarket chain released a list of the locations where they want to open new stores, detailing their plans for the next two years.
It plans to build hundreds of stores in new locations, as well as relocate older stores into more suitable buildings.
Of particular focus this year includes town centre, edge of centre, retail park and metropolitan locations.
The list of site requirements comes as Lidl’s store expansion continues at pace, despite the ongoing restrictions caused by the pandemic. So far this year Lidl has opened more than 20 new stores across the country.
The list of desirable locations for new stores is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites who are interested in exploring opportunities with Lidl.
Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB said: “We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation.
“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.”
All stores will include Lidl’s bakery, and will feature solar panels on the exterior to provide renewable energy for the site, in addition to the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
Each new store will also become part of Lidl’s food redistribution programme Feed It Back, which sees surplus food donated to those within local communities that need it the most, via food banks or partner charities.
Across Kent and Medway there are 37 potential new sites (including four stores in Maidstone alone), which could be built by the end of 2023.
The full list of potential Lidl stores in Kent
Ashford South East
Isle of Sheppey
Maidstone Central (Relocation)
Maidstone South East
Royal Tunbridge Wells North