Lidl calls on contractors to help drive nationwide expansion

Lidl has said it wants to forge new partnerships with British contractors as the retailer looks to expand across the UK.

The German discounter is calling on contractors to sign up to a set of events where it will discuss opportunities to work with the company.

The events, hosted by members of Lidl’s property and construction teams, will take place from July in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Southampton.

The retailer, which in 2024 is marking its 30th year in the UK, said that next month’s events will give contractors insight into the supermarket’s “structure, processes and requirements”.

The move comes after Lidl announced in April that it plans to open hundreds of new stores across the UK, starting with Bristol, Birmingham, and London.
At the time, the company said that it had strengthened its operations over a 12-month-period to support the expansion, which will allow it to reach “thousands more customers” and grow its market share, by opening its largest-ever global warehouse in Luton and completing an extension to its Welsh distribution centre in Bridgend.

Lidl, which now has a record 8.1 per cent share of the market, says it has been the fastest-growing brick and mortar supermarket in the UK over the past 10 months.

“As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to ensuring that all households across the country have access to high-quality produce at affordable prices is stronger than ever,” said Richard Taylor, Lidl GB chief development officer. “We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores and the contractors that we work with are essential in supporting this ambition.”

Taylor continued: “That is exactly why we’re hosting these events in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Southampton. It not only gives us a chance to meet new contacts and engage with existing partners, but also presents them with the opportunity to speak firsthand with the relevant teams here at Lidl.”

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