Lidl continues to increase its presence in Spain, as reflected in the figures for its last fiscal year (between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021), recently presented. A complex exercise, marked by the pandemic. “In an extremely difficult year for all of us, we have learned to adapt to the circumstances and react by focusing our efforts on ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers, guaranteeing the supply of our stores and redoubling our commitment to Spain”, he assured the general director of Lidl Spain, Claus Grande, who sent a message of gratitude to the staff and collaborators for their effort to “continue to provide an essential service to the population”, and also to their clients “for having continued to trust us, allowing us to contribute decisively to the economic reactivation of a country for which we will continue betting in the future.
Lidl maintained its ambitious expansion plan in our country and, in 2020, invested around 350 million euros in the opening of nearly 40 new stores and the inauguration of a new logistics platform in the town of Agüimes (Gran Canaria). With nearly 1,700 million invested in the start-up of some 180 establishments and three warehouses in the last five years, the supermarket chain already has more than 630 points of sale and 11 logistics centers in Spain. In 2021, the chain plans to make a record investment of more than 400 million to further strengthen its presence throughout the territory. In this sense, the company estimates it will add around 40 new stores to its commercial network and decisively expand its logistics resources nationwide: after acquiring land in Parla (Community of Madrid), in this fiscal year it will begin the works of its future centers Escúzar (Granada) Y Martorell (Barcelona) and in autumn it will launch what will be its new benchmark logistics platform for northern Spain in Nanclares de la Oca (Álava).
In an adverse context for the country, Lidl created more jobs than ever: a total of 2,000 new jobs in 2020. The supermarket chain thus continues a growth path that in the last five years has allowed it to consolidate around 5,900 new jobs, increasing its workforce by 36%, which today consists of more than 17,000 people.
In parallel, Lidl has recently renewed its collective agreement with significant improvements in the area of remuneration and workers’ rights. The company has also launched a pioneering project to officially certify the professional experience of its store managers in Spain and, looking to the future, it plans to continue creating more job opportunities (more than 1,000 in 2021) and further actively promote youth employment by training part of initiatives such as the ‘Alliance for VET: a country strategy’ promoted by the Government.
Lidl’s commitment to Spain also translates into its commitment to consolidate its position as the main buyer and exporter of the country’s agri-food industry. Without going any further, in 2020 the company acquired national product worth 5,200 million euros (+ 13% vs 2019), exporting more than half through its network of more than 11,200 establishments in thirty countries. In just five years, Lidl has increased its purchases in Spain by up to 73%, where it already collaborates with some 850 suppliers.
In line with this trend, the supermarket chain is expanding more and more your assortment of regional products in all its stores in the country with new zero kilometer references, thus responding to the growing demand for this type of item by consumers and supporting the business development of local producers.