Supermarket chain Lidl UK has unveiled its £70m regional distribution centre (RDC) at iPort in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

The company noted that the facility has created 400 hundred new jobs in the region.

Covering 58,000m², the distribution centre is expected to accommodate the delivery 3,900 pallets of products a day.

It will initially start serving 53 stores across South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands and will add additional stores to its network in the coming months.

Lidl UK Doncaster regional director Tsvetelina Butrakova said: “We’re extremely excited to mark the start of the year with the opening of our Doncaster distribution centre, which plays an essential role in enabling us to meet growing customer demand for Lidl products.

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“The centre also underlines our commitment to creating more job opportunities.”

“The centre also underlines our commitment to creating more job opportunities, and I am so incredibly proud of the team that we have here in Doncaster and across our stores, whose hard work and dedication has enabled us to get where we are today.”

Lidl is also planning to expand its warehouse network by opening four regional distribution centres by 2025.

In addition, the company will offer will increase the salary of employees at the warehouse and store from £8.75 to £9 an hour starting from 1 March this year.

Employees will also receive additional benefits such as company pension scheme, employee discount and an enhanced holiday entitlement.

Lidl also opened a new store in Rossington, South Yorkshire earlier this month. The chain also announced plans to open four new stores in Rotherham, Chesterfield, Nottingham and Mapplewell by the end of this year.