Discounter Lidl today opened a new distribution centre near Newbridge, County Kildare.
58,000 sq. m facility
It is estimated that the 58,000 sq. m building will be able to hold 49 million items, over 60% of these coming from Lidl’s 225 Irish suppliers. The site replaces Lidl’s previous Newbridge distribution centre, which was half the size. The centre will serve a network of 90 stores in the Leinster area.
Cost savings for customers
The discounter claims that the capacity increase and cost efficiencies resulting from the new facility will enable it to reduce the prices of 500 products from January 2020.
At the official opening of the new distribution centre, J.P. Scally, Managing Director of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said:
“First and foremost, this new distribution centre is good news for our customers. By increasing our storage capacity and streamlining our supply chains we will achieve even higher levels of efficiencies and in turn deliver considerable savings to shoppers across the country. That means lower prices on the same quality produce, and more money back in our customers’ pockets.”
100 new full-time jobs created
In addition to 2,000 construction jobs generated from the building process, the site will create 100 new full-time roles. 250 permanent staff will relocate here from the previous distribution centre. Employees will benefit from new facilities such as an open-plan office, a gym, a cafeteria and electric vehicle charging points.
The centre features a range of sustainability and biodiversity initiatives. The most notable of these is a €1million investment in a rooftop solar panel array, which is the largest on any building in Ireland. This will generate over 25% of the energy required by the site and will reduce its annual carbon output by approximately 473 tonnes.
Other initiatives include:
- Heat recovery from refrigeration and only natural refrigerants
- Roof-mounted rainwater tanks
- A 9,390 sq. m wildflower meadow
- A 9,960 sq. m woodland area, including 5,700 trees native to Ireland
- 600 shrubs native to Ireland
- Beehives, bat boxes and insect holes
- A commitment to zero waste to landfill
- ISO 50001 certification, a globally recognised standard for best practice energy management
At the opening, J.P. Scally said, “It is important for us that we ensure our build is future-proofed and that we are expanding sustainably. By investing at the scale that we have, we’ve ensured that we have the ability to supply Ireland’s growing population efficiently and consistently, long into the future.”
Back in May, Lidl announced its warehouse extension plans, which was initiated by acquiring a site in Belvedere, Greater London.
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