Supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to open 12 new stores in Scotland, over the next three years. The move will create around 500 jobs.
The retailer has already commenced the construction of the new stores, which will be located across Dumbarton, Dundee, East Kilbride, Cowdenbeath and Larkhall.
Lidl currently operates 98 stores in Scotland.
Lidl Scotland regional director Ross Millar said: “Since opening our very first store in Scotland 25 years ago, we’ve opened our doors to towns and cities across the country, employing more than 2,200 people.
“We’re incredibly excited by our ambitious growth plans, and in particular the opening of our 100th store next year, which reinforces our commitment to creating new jobs and providing communities with quality produce at prices that are affordable for everyone.”
The supermarket chain has also announced plans to enhance various existing stores, either through extensions or relocating them to larger spaces, with the retailer continuing the construction of its 58,000m2 new regional distribution centre, at Eurocentral industrial estate, in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The new facility is expected to become fully operational in November 2019 and will replace the retailer’s existing Scottish warehouse in Livingston.
Last month, Lidl US announced plans to expand its store portfolio across the East Coast with the opening of 25 new stores by spring next year.
The retailer will open the new stores across Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia – with the first four opening on Long Island.