Lidl to open 25 new stores across the UK this year creating 1,000 jobs
LIDL is set to open 25 new supermarkets across the UK this year – creating 1,000 new jobs.
The supermarket giant has promised to keep the jobs in place for the next two years.
The ambitious plans will see Lidl open a new store every week across England, Scotland and Wales until Christmas 2020.
It's part of a £1.3billion investment for the UK that will see another 100 stores open in 2021 and 2022.
The branch openings will create an extra 4,000 jobs over the next two years.
There are around 800 Lidl supermarkets across the UK, and the retailer says it hopes to have 1,000 by the end of 2023.
How to cut the cost of your grocery shop
SAVING on your shop can make a big difference to your wallet. Here are some tips from Hannah Maundrell, editor of Money.co.uk, about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills:
- Write yourself a list – Only buy items that you need. If it isn’t on your list, don’t put it in the trolley
- Create a budget – Work out a weekly budget for your food shopping
- Never shop hungry – you are far more likely to buy more food if your tummy is rumbling
- Don’t buy pre-chopped veggies or fruit – The extra they’ll charge for chopping can be eye watering
- Use social media – follow your favourite retailers to find out about the latest deals
- Be disloyal – You may want to go to different stores to find the best bargains
- Check the small print – It’s always worth checking the price per kg/lb/litre when comparing offers so you’re making a like for like decision as a bigger box won’t necessarily mean you get more
- Use your loyalty cards – Don’t be afraid to sign up to them all. They all work slightly differently – work out what bonus suits you better and remember to trade in your points for additional rewards
The high street has suffered huge blows during the coronavirus pandemic with sales slumping to a fifth of pre-lockdown levels.
But despite this, supermarket sales are expected to surge by the end of the year – grocery stores took 51 per cent of retail sales in March, according to the BDO high street sales tracker.
In the face of the disruption, Lidl will continue to open four new stores in the coming weeks, located in Selhurst, Harrow Weald, Coleford and Llandudno Junction.
It is also looking for sites to build stores in Winchester, Didsbury and Cardiff City Centre.
Even during the pandemic, the discounter pressed on with plans to open new sites in Birmingham, Torquay and London, and added 2,500 temporary jobs at existing supermarkets to support staff throughout lockdown.
Lidl employees are paid a minimum of £9.30 an hour outside of London and £10.75 within the M25.
This is higher than the national living wage, which is currently £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds and £8.72 for those who are older than 25.
It's one of the highest paying supermarkets, with Tesco paying staff a minimum of £9 an hour, according to Glassdoor.co.uk, and £9.18 an hour at Asda.
Lidl GB boss Christian Härtnagel said: "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."
To make stores safe for customers and staff during the pandemic, Lidl has introduced new rules for when you do your shop.
In fact, all of the supermarkets have taken on new measures – you can read what they all are here.
Yesterday, we reported how Lidl was the cheapest supermarket for groceries in June 2020, beating off competition from Aldi and Tesco.
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