Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

5,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
16 December 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


Lidl supermarkets has announced plans for a major new expansion which will create around 5,000 new jobs. The company, which has rapidly increased its market share in recent times, will open 250 new stores in London and will double its existing number of stores to 1,500. A new headquarters will also be created in South West London, and around 450 staff will move there from the current headquarters. The new jobs will become available over a three year period. The announcement of this GBP 1.5 billion (€1.7 billion) investment is seen as a major commitment from Lidl to the UK following the vote to leave the European Union.


  • 16 December 2016: The Telegraph
  • 16 December 2016: BBC Website


Eurofound (2016), Lidl, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 89703, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89703.