Lidl remains on track to have 1000 stores in its portfolio by the end of 2023, as it opens its 860th store in Great Britain.
The 860 store milestone forms part of the grocers £1.3 billion investment plans for 2021 and 2022, which includes opening 50 new stores this year alone, resulting in 2000 new jobs being created.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the German discount has opened 20 new stores so far this year.
It has also published its annual list of desired locations across the country where it is interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments.
This year, the particular focus includes town centres, retail parks, edge of central sites and metropolitan locations.
The list of desirable locations for new branches is aimed at landowners and freeholders with suitable sites who are interested in exploring opportunities with Lidl.
“We are calling on developers and landlords up and down the country to help find potential sites for us to build Lidl stores, which demonstrates the continued ambition we have to further expand our store portfolio across the nation,” Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said.
“Despite the challenges of the past year, we still managed to meet our ambitious target of opening, on average, one new store per week across Great Britain.
“We are looking forward to opening more stores throughout the country and welcoming new colleagues in the coming months and years so that more communities can access high-quality food at the lowest prices on the market.”
Lidl said stores will include in-store bakeries and feature solar panels on the exterior to provide renewable energy for the sites.
They will also be equipped with electric vehicle charging points.
Each new store will also be part of the grocer’s food distribution programme Feed it Back which sees surplus food donated to those within local communities via food banks or partner charities.