Lidl to invest £20m to meet fresh food demand

Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell with Lidl NI logistics executive Dermot McGirr, left, and regional director Glen Cinnamon  at Nutts Corner
Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell with Lidl NI logistics executive Dermot McGirr, left, and regional director Glen Cinnamon at Nutts Corner
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Discount retailer Lidl has unveiled plans for a £20 million expansion of its regional distribution centre at Nutts Corner, Co Antrim, to service its growing operations in the province .

Underlining its commitment to Northern Ireland, the firm said it is extending and modernising its warehousing operations to meet the growing demand from consumers, particularly for fresh produce.

The plans were shared today with Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell when he visited the Nutts Corner site.

“The shopping habits of our customers have changed, with a much stronger focus on fresh products,” said NI regional director Glen Cinnamon,

“Our warehouse was built in 2003 and we now need to invest in creating a much larger and more modern facility to store and distribute fresh food.”

Since opening its first store in 1999, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell said Lidl NI had grown to become one of its largest retailers.

“Today’s announcement is good news for Northern Ireland and is an exciting prospect for local food producers. It demonstrates Lidl’s commitment to the high quality produce that we have become famous for.”