Discount supermarket chain Lidl has announced the impending closure of its warehouse in Walsall, UK, putting 100 jobs at risk.
The facility, operational since 2008, is set to shut down as it no longer meets the company’s requirements.
The warehouse, consisting of several buildings of different ages, is not a bespoke facility and has become outdated..
LIDL plans to transition operations at the Walsall facility to other regional distribution centres within the next 12 months, with the closest alternative located in Wednesbury.
Lidl has begun discussions with the workforce to explore possible redeployment options.
A Lidl GB spokesperson was quoted as saying: “In recent years we have invested significantly in the expansion and optimisation of our warehouse infrastructure to support our growing operations across the country.
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“Since 2008, our Walsall facility has been a key support function for our stores and distribution centres. However, the site itself is not purpose-built, having been constructed 50 years ago, and, with multiple buildings of varying ages it is no longer able to meet our operational requirements.”
In a separate development, Lidl’s proposal for a new store in Walsall has hit a roadblock, the BBC has reported.
The plan to convert a former bingo hall on Park Lane, Darlaston, into a Lidl store has raised highway safety concerns and Walsall councillors have delayed their final decision, advising the company to address the highlighted issues.