Lidl GB has announced that it is recruiting over 1,500 warehouse colleagues across its existing regional distribution centre (RDC) network, while confirming plans to build a new RDC on a 35-acre site in Gildersome, Leeds.

The plans submitted to Leeds City Council for a 54,000m2 build represent a significant investment and showcases Lidl GB’s commitment to fostering local economic growth, alongside its continued expansion within Great Britain. The discounter estimates this new RDC would create over 400 job opportunities if approved and once fully operational.

Over the last five years Lidl GB’s focus on regional operational expansion has been unprecedented, opening four RDCs including Motherwell, Peterborough, Doncaster and a second site in Belvedere. These three sites have collectively created over 1,400 jobs for people up and down the country.

Building on this momentum, and further strengthening its infrastructure across the country, the discounter will open its Luton RDC – the largest in any Lidl market globally - creating more than 1,500 jobs and serving over 150 stores in London and the surrounding counties once fully operational.

Richard Taylor, Chief Development Officer at Lidl GB, said: “Our ambitious warehouse plans demonstrate our commitment to investing not only in our distribution network but the country as a whole. An RDC in Leeds would be a great addition to the North, while we continue to keep a lookout for new sites in the South.

“In the last five years we have opened over 240,000m2 of warehouse space and invested over £700m, but we need more space and people to help us meet our growth targets. We’ve built an impressive store portfolio across the country and our vision to have over 1,100 stores in Great Britain remains unchanged.”

New colleagues will receive competitive pay and benefits, including a 10% staff discount. The discounter, which currently has more than 960 stores and employs around 31,000 people, plans to continue its expansion throughout 2023.

Ryan McDonnell, chief executive officer, Lidl GB said: “Demand for Lidl has never been higher as more and more people realise they can make significant savings on every shop without compromising on quality. Our success is dependent on the amazing work that colleagues do and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands more throughout 2023.”

New recruits will earn a minimum of £11 an hour outside of London and £11.95 inside the M25. All new jobs will be permanent and include full and part-time positions, which will see pay increase up to £12.00 and £13.00 with length of service, depending on location.

To make it as easy as possible for warehouse candidates to secure roles, Lidl GB will be holding recruitment open days across its RDCs, with the option for successful candidates to sign contracts on the day.