Lidl opens 200th store in Ireland and Northern Ireland
Lidl has lauded the opening of its new supermarket in Co. Offaly, which brings to 200 the number of stores the discounter has in Ireland and Northern Ireland
30 July 2019 | 0
Lidl has officially opened its 200th store on the island of Ireland. The new state of the art store, located in Tullamore Co. Offaly, brings the total number of Lidl employees on the island of Ireland to over 5,200. Hitting the 200 store mark, Lidl now welcomes over 2 million customers through its doors every week. The opening of the 200th store is part of a €200 million investment in 2019, which includes 10 new store openings and the opening of a new 58,000m² distribution centre, currently under construction in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
JP Scally, managing director at Lidl Ireland said the company is proud to hit a major milestone of 200 stores on the island of Ireland. “With 162 stores in the Republic and 38 stores in Northern Ireland, 2 million customers pass through our doors every week,” Scally said. “At Lidl, our philosophy is centred on outstanding operational efficiency and close partnerships with suppliers, which generates savings that are passed directly back to our customers in the form of exceptionally low prices without any compromise on our high quality.”
The environment forms an important part of Lidl’s expansion strategy, with each new store and major refurbishment project built with sustainability in mind. Lidl’s recent market leading initiatives include:
- 1 million investment in solar power installations across Lidl’s store network. Solar photovoltaic systems generate approximately 25% of a store’s energy requirements. Lidl also recently welcomed a grant of planning for the installation of solar panels at its distribution centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare which will see a further 1m investment in the largest solar installation in Ireland.
- Lidl is the first Irish retailer to roll out recycling bins across its store network. This market-leading initiative offers Lidl customers the opportunity to remove any unwanted recyclable packaging and to recycle it free-of-charge in-store once they have completed their shopping, therefore avoiding any disposal costs associated with bringing the packaging home.
- Lidl Ireland has installed electric vehicle charging points to all new stores and across all major store refurbishment projects. Lidl provides the largest network of electric vehicle chargers in the Irish supermarket sector, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles free of charge whilst they shop.