Lidl has launched a nationwide search for new store locations, and is offering to pay the public thousands of pounds for their suggestions.
The discount retailer – which is the sixth largest supermarket in the UK – has announced that is is investing £1.3 billion in its expansion across 2022, and has now revealed that it is offering a finder’s fee to people who can help successfully-identify suitable sites for new stores up and down the country.
It comes as the retailer has published its annual list of locations across the country where it’s interested in acquiring sites for potential store developments.
Manchester is one of the cities that Lidl has identified in the annual list, along with fellow northern cities Liverpool and Sheffield, and other major UK locations including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Swansea, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, and more.
Since the beginning of 2022 alone, Lidl has already opened 23 new stores – but the retailer is now looking “provide more communities with access to high quality food at the lowest possible prices”.
And now it needs your help and suggestions.
“We know that the majority of British shoppers still love doing their shopping in person and we are as committed as ever to opening new stores and enhancing our existing ones,” explained Richard Taylor – Chief Development Officer at Lidl GB.
“We’re opening an average of one new store a week, which is incredible, and our teams have done a phenomenal job of keeping that pace going over the last couple of years, but there are still communities up and down the country that are telling us how much they want – and need – a Lidl store [and although] we work with some of the best people in the industry to identify new sites, we also know how engaged our future and existing customers are and we want to build on this.”
The fee is either 1.5% of the total freehold purchase price or 10% of the first year’s rent for leaseholds, which would equate to £22,500 for a completed £1.5 million site purchase, according to Lidl.
Mr Taylor continued: “Our finder’s fees are, therefore, available to absolutely anyone that can identify a viable option for a new store that we’re not already aware of, and we welcome any suitable suggestions.”
You can find out more, and suggest new store locations on the Lidl website here.
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