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Lidl pledges to open one new store per week between now and Christmas

Lidl will open one new store per week between now and Christmas, creating up to 1,000 jobs, as part of plans to expand to 1,000 supermarkets by the end of 2023.

The discounter plans to open over 25 stores in the next six months, and 100 stores in 2021 and 2022, creating a further 4,000 new jobs.

By comparison Sainsbury’s has 1,400 supermarkets, Morrisons has 500 outlets, and Britain’s largest supermarket Tesco has 6,800 stores.

Expanding: Lidl plans to open over 25 stores in the next six months, and 100 stores in 2021 and 2022, creating a further 4,000 new jobs

Expanding: Lidl plans to open over 25 stores in the next six months, and 100 stores in 2021 and 2022, creating a further 4,000 new jobs

Expanding: Lidl plans to open over 25 stores in the next six months, and 100 stores in 2021 and 2022, creating a further 4,000 new jobs

Lidl GB chief executive Christian Hartnagel said he was pleased to be expanding ‘despite the challenging circumstances’ surrounding the virus.

The supermarket also took on 2,500 temporary jobs at the start of lockdown, to help meet increased demand.

Lidl saw its sales rise 16.5 per cent in the 12 weeks to May 17, according to data from Kantar, a bigger rise than those enjoyed by the Big Four of Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

This is despite the discounter having a negligible online business. Discounters, Aldi and Lidl, together had 13.6 per cent of the UK grocery market.

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