- The new state-of-the-art 250,000 square ft building accommodates Lidl's 800 head office colleagues
- Marks the latest phase of the supermarket's ongoing expansion and growth
- The new office will support Lidl's ambitions to open 1,100 stores across Great Britain by the end of 2025
27 January 2022: Lidl GB has opened its new British Headquarters in Tolworth. After three years of construction, the supermarket chain has opened the new state-of-the-art 250,000 square ft building, which has been designed to accommodate its 800-strong head office team, with further room to grow.
Named ‘Lidl House’ by colleagues following an internal survey, the new headquarters will bring teams from across the business together under one roof, to help drive the support for Lidl’s network of 900 stores, 13 warehouses and 26,000 colleagues across Great Britain.
The bespoke building, which spans five floors, has also been built with a number of innovative measures to reduce its impact on the environment. This includes the largest number of electric car charging points in one location in the UK, and solar panels on the car park to provide 300kW of energy per hour. Inside the HQ, all of the toilets in the building flush with rainwater and the building is fitted with automatic LED lighting.
Lidl colleagues will also benefit from a Health and Wellbeing Centre which can be accessed both in and outside of office hours with a range of exercises classes and sophisticated gym equipment, as well as an on-site barista and a canteen with a huge range of choices cooked fresh on site.
Ryan McDonnell, who starts his new role as Lidl GB CEO on 1st February, commented: “This is a significant milestone for Lidl GB, finally bringing us together under one roof as one team.
“This amazing new space is designed to really enhance collaboration, encouraging more flexible ways of working for all colleagues, with dedicated areas to suit their needs, as well as providing them with the resources they need to work as one team.
“Most importantly it’s a sign of our absolute commitment to our colleagues, our customers and our suppliers, and our desire to continue pushing forward with our rapid expansion so that we can offer even more communities the chance to access high quality food at market-leading prices”.
Colleagues at Lidl House will also be working with local charity partners to help support the Tolworth community. Partners include SHEDx, a community-led regeneration organisation, with Lidl’s donations helping to plant flowers and vegetables, and to run community creativity projects in and around Tolworth.
Lidl recently announced the opening of its 900th store in Liverpool and is on track to meet its target of opening 1,100 stores across Britain by the end of 2025, creating 4,000 new jobs through the store openings alone.
About Lidl GB
Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl GB has experienced continuous growth and today has over 26,000 employees, over 900 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales.
As part of the Schwarz retail group, Lidl is one of Europe’s leading organisations in the food retail industry. The supermarket, which has more than 341,000 employees globally, currently operates approximately 11,550 stores and more than 200 warehouses and distribution centres in 30 countries.
The supermarket takes pride in providing its customers with the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout Great Britain, from Kirkwall to the Isle of Wight. Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company's daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society, and the environment. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.
The Schwarz Group, which operates worldwide as a retail group, generated a turnover of €125.3 billion in the financial year 2020.