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Lidl to Expand UK Presence with Hundreds of New Stores

  • Expansion Plans: Lidl announces the opening of numerous new stores across the UK.
  • Location Highlights: New stores planned for Bristol, Birmingham, Berwick, and various major cities.
  • Site Specifications: Prospective sites to be 1.5 to 4 acres, with a focus on prominent locations.
  • Investor Opportunities: Lidl seeks £91 million for 12 new supermarkets with attractive leasing terms.

Lidl is set for a significant expansion across the UK, planning to open hundreds of new stores in a variety of locations including Bristol, Birmingham, and Berwick. The discount supermarket chain, which currently ranks as the third largest in London, is not just increasing its footprint but also enhancing its digital and in-store experience.

James Flanders at The Sun shared that Lidl's ambitious growth plans are part of its strategy to cement its position in the UK market. The company is actively seeking new locations for potential stores, with specific criteria for site selection that includes prominent placement and easy access to maximize customer flow.

The list of desired new locations spans major cities such as Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, and London, with specific suburbs like Wandsworth and Canning Town highlighted. The new sites are expected to range in size from 18,000 to 26,500 square feet, each with over 100 dedicated parking spaces.

In a recent funding initiative, Lidl has sought to raise £91 million to facilitate this expansion. The investment will focus on constructing 12 new supermarkets that will then be leased back to Lidl, allowing for a controlled expansion with a sustainable financial model.

Lidl is set to open new stores in:



Bovey Tracey



Downham Market






Saffron Walden.

Richard Taylor, Lidl GB's chief development officer, emphasized the chain's growth trajectory, stating, "We have been the fastest-growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months in a row. With our exceptional store network and focus on operational excellence, we are well-positioned for continued expansion."

Furthermore, Lidl is transitioning to electronic shelf labels in all its stores following a successful trial, moving away from traditional paper tags to improve efficiency and customer interaction.

For consumers, Lidl continues to offer value through initiatives like its Waste Not scheme, which provides boxes of 5kg of fruit and vegetables for just £1.50, and various meal deals throughout the week.

Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented, "Lidl's aggressive expansion strategy not only strengthens its market presence in the UK but also enhances shopping convenience for consumers. The introduction of hundreds of new locations means more people will have access to Lidl's affordable quality products and special offers."

Comments+20 points

Thank god there’s not going to be one near me! Battered and rotten fruit and vegetables, with pot luck on everything else! 🙄


We are an economy on self-destruct. Most countries including Germany resist such a huge takeover of retail by foreign companies. Germany made it really difficult for Walmart so they had to withdraw from the German market. It even says Lidl are looking for investment for these new supermarkets so you will probably end up with British banks helping fund this expansion possibly. I'm in Yeovil we have two Lidl's already I don't think there is a place for a third anyway.

Lidl UK has over £3 billion of debt and therefore I guess can't fund expansion itself.


However I guess there are economies of scale so increasing supermarkets can lead to increased profitability which might help them pay their interest payments.

At some point you would hope people will realise the damage they are doing to their communities and try to shop responsibly but it seems like until we are driven into deep poverty we won't change.

I don't even think Lidl is that cheap given the overall quality and limited range. I can probably only get about 60% of what I need there and of that probably 10% is lower quality than I would like. Their meat and fish seem fine but a lot of their fruit and veg is poor quality and not that great for price overall. Some of their tinned products are low quality. I see so many trolleys full of alcohol when I shop at Lidl though and I'm not a drinker myself so that maybe a big appeal to some people. I saw one trolley full of beer with one pack of sanitary towels on top and that was the complete shop. Seemed weird at the time but I guess if you like their beer and the wife asked for some sanitary towels while you were there it makes sense.

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