Lidl is creating 500 jobs in Peterborough with a massive new distribution centre

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The distribution centre will be Lidl's 15th in the UK (Source: Lidl)

Lidl's conquering of the UK's grocery sector continues apace, after it announced plans to create 500 jobs in Peterborough with a massive new distribution centre.

The huge, 754,000 sq ft warehouse, on a 34 acre site, will be Lidl's 15th distribution centre in the UK, and also its largest.

The company said it is planning to invest £1.45bn in the UK between 2017 and 2018. The warehouse will be its sixth new distribution site in a year, on top of sites in Wednesbury, just outside Birmingham, as well as Doncaster, Bolton, Avonmouth near Bristol and Glasgow.

“We are very excited about our proposed regional distribution centre in Peterborough," said Adrienne Howells, head of warehouse expansion at the supermarket.

"Our expansion across the UK is progressing rapidly, and it’s important we have the right supply chain infrastructure to support this. Peterborough is ideally located and we’re pleased to be bringing more jobs to the local community”.

Lidl has been gobbling up market share in recent months, with data from Kantar Worldpanel last month showing it was neck and neck with rival Waitrose in mid-September, with a 5.3 per cent share of the market.

Between them, Aldi and Lidl now account for £1 in every £8 spent in UK supermarkets, up from £1 in £25 a decade ago.

Read more: Lidl and Waitrose are neck and neck as supermarket sales rise over summer

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