Supermarket chain Lidl is to build a new regional distribution centre (RDC) at Eurocentral near Bellshill, creating up to 100 jobs in the process.
The grocer said the move from its current distribution centre in Livingston represents a multi-million pound investment. The firm had said last year that it was proposing to build a facility in Armadale, but has now exchanged contracts with Scottish Enterprise to secure the 50-acre Lanarkshire site.
Lidl said the 58,000 square metre RDC will replace its current West Lothian warehouse – where the 320-strong workforce has been assured that all existing roles will be retained at the new premises – and the expansion was needed as it continues with its “ambitious” growth plans in the UK.
Ross Millar, managing director for Lidl in Scotland, said: “We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to servicing our existing 91 stores and future new stores from our new distribution hub, allowing us to continue offering our customers the best quality products at the lowest possible prices.
“We are firmly committed to helping boost the local economy by creating new jobs through the construction of the new RDC. The team are very much looking forward to now preparing and submitting the planning application. If approved we would hope to commence building in 2017.”