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Lidl creates 500 new UK jobs

Lidl is creating 500 new jobs as it gears up to open its largest UK distribution centre in Peterborough as part of its plans to invest ?1.45bn in the country over the next two years.
The German discounter, which recently overtook Waitrose to becomesthe UK's seventh biggest grocer, said that the new site would be its 15th distribution centre and will supply groceries and non-food items to the nearby area.
Lidl said that Peterborough was "ideally located" to support its expansion across the UK and it would now seek to obtain satisfactory planning consent for the site.
Lidl boss Christian Hartnagel revealed in an interview with the Telegraph in July that the discounter planned to "open one new shop a week"  and had agreed to open around 120 shops over the next two years. The shop openings are part of his plans to grow Lidl at the fastest rate ever in the UK. 
Lidl creates 500 new UK jobs

Lidl boss Christian Harnagel outside the grocer's Southampton warehouse
Mr Hartnagel stressed at the time that Lidl would also be pumping money into investing in warehouses to support its shop expansion. 
Lidl has started building new warehouses in Doncaster and Bolton and is relocating a Weston-Super-Mare site to Avonmouth. 
The supermarket has also ramped up its clothing ambitions with a fashion collaboration with German supermodel Heidi Klum.
Last month industry figures by Kantar showed that Lidl was once again the fastest-growing retailer, with a sales increase of 19.2pc taking its market share to a record 5.3pc. Lidl and rival cut-price grocer Aldi now account for nearly ?1 in every ?8 spent in Britain's supermarkets.
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