German grocery giant targets North-east expansion


GERMAN grocery giant Lidl is targeting six new North-east stores as it plans a mass expansion across Scotland.

It’s announced a ‘wish list’ of 67 locations throughout the country, with Aberdeen featuring twice and Aberdeenshire four times.

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The grocer is planning on a relocation of its store in Mastrick, as well as opening a new one in Garthdee.

Across the Shire, it hopes to bring stores to Banchory, Ellon, Stonehaven and Westhill.

The group is looking for sites with “strong pedestrian or traffic flow”.

Chief development officer Richard Taylor said: “Having fortified our infrastructure with significant investments like Luton, which is the largest warehouse in the Lidl world, we’re proud to have achieved record market share this month. We have also been the fastest growing bricks and mortar supermarket for the past seven months in a row.

“As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to ensuring that all households across the country have access to high quality produce at affordable prices is stronger than ever.

“We’re planning to open hundreds of new Lidl stores but ultimately see no ceiling on our ambition or growth potential. This is why we’re continuing to invest in new locations whilst exploring innovative routes to expansion.”

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