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Lidl invests £50m in Scottish stores expansion

Lidl contributedLidl has announced a £50 million investment in its Scottish property portfolio over the next 12 months as it builds on its 5.6% share of the grocery market north of the border.

The retailer has eight Lidl of the Future stores (LOF) stores under construction in Broughton, Craigmillar, Greenock, Hawick, Oban, Partick, Slateford and Stirling.

These glass-fronted stores embrace efficient technology to enable the stores to keep prices low, says the company. The new stores will have a greater sales area than current ones.

Ten of the existing 91 stores will also see further investment in extensions, modernisation and refurbishment. The store in Leith’s shopping centre is expanding into a neighbouring unit.

Lidl was the first British retailer to pay above the Living Wage rate set by the Living Wage Foundation and the expansion will create up to 300 jobs.

Ross Millar, managing director in Scotland, said: “This latest phase in our growth is testament to the continued success of Lidl in Scotland. We have also set up a dedicated buying team in Scotland and we are working towards sourcing over 25% of our products from Scottish suppliers.

“Lidl further enhances the Scottish economy by exporting more than £100million of Scotch whisky to 24 European countries every year.”

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